Faculty Sponsor: 
Asarnow, Joan
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Contact Name: 
Vaiddehi Bansal
Room Number: 
300 Medical Plaza, Suite 1524
Description of Research Project: 
The aim of our study is to evaluate interventions for reducing health risk behaviors in adolescents with depressive symptoms. Health risk behaviors, such as smoking, drug and alcohol use, and unhealthy diet and exercise patterns contribute to significant disability, morbidity and mortality. Effective interventions for reducing health risk behavior in adolescents are important for preventing negative health consequences and improving both health and mental health outcomes. We are exploring the use of cognitive-behavioral health education interventions aimed at reducing health risk behaviors and promoting and maintaining positive health behaviors. Prior experience working with children and adolescents is desirable, though not essential. Training will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in applying to graduate or medical schools.
Description of Student Responsibilities: 
Students will have the opportunity to learn and gain experience in research involving youth and adolescents. Students will assist in screening of potential subjects, preparation of study materials, and data entry/analysis. We require a 3 quarter commitment.