HRP SU23-25: Research Opportunity with Dr. Kevin Manning

Project Mentor

Dr. Kevin Manning
Department of Psychiatry, Center on Aging

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description Older adults lost more than $1.7 billion to fraud last year. The current project aims to understand the cognitive, motivational, and emotional symptoms that contribute to financial decision making and susceptibility to scams. The student will learn to administer cognitive evaluations, conduct telephone screens asking about depression symptoms and history, and administer assessments of financial literacy and decision making to adults over the age of 60. Students will also learn about and contribute to data entry using databases like Redcap, Access, and SPSS.
Project Direction
This is an ongoing study funded by the National Institute on Aging; we are currently in the first year of a three year project and have so far recruited and assessed 5 of the anticipated 90 participants. We are currently in discussion with an internet security company to help us develop a phishing simulation program to email our research participants. This would represent a novel ecologically valid method to assess susceptibility to scams. Interested students could assist with the development and measurement of this test throughout the academic year.
The student can also use collected data and work with me (Dr. Kevin Manning) and our biostatistician to develop a project as a presentation at a scientific conference. We provide as much assistance as needed (this is NOT “sink or swim”) and will educate the student on relevant statistical analysis and data presentation techniques. Our past HRP students have presented posters at the International Neuropsychological Society and the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry scientific meetings. One student also used data towards her thesis. Students are also encouraged to attend relevant didactics offered by the departments of psychiatry, neurology, and Center on Aging (e.g., consensus conferences, grand rounds).
Mentorship and Supervision I (Dr. Kevin Manning, Ph.D.) will train and supervise the student in all assessments. I will monitor his or her progress through regular observations of his or her data collection and by eliciting feedback from other lab members. I will provide direct feedback during our weekly lab research meetings as well as during our regular collaboration.
Student Qualifications No specific skills are required other than motivated students who are willing to learn and have good people skills.
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 22 to July 28, 2023
Schedule: M-F, 9am-5pm
Project Continuation Fall 2023, Spring 2024
Academic Year Time Commitment 3-9 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project Yes


Submit an online application for this research opportunity at The application deadline is Monday, January 30, 2023.

This application requires a cover letter and a resume or CV. References should be available upon request.