HRP SU23-30: Research Opportunity with Dr. Carla Rash

Project Mentor

Dr. Carla Rash
Department of Medicine

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description My lab does behavioral research related to treatment and behavior change, mostly around substance use disorder and/or interventions for severely disadvantaged groups. I have two ongoing projects: 1) an NIH-funded clinical trial that aims to use contingency management to help persons living with HIV/AIDS obtain employment; and 2) a SAMHSA-funded project that expands an existing medication-assisted treatment program for persons with opioid use disorders. These two projects are both located in Hartford and would provide opportunities to learn about working with clients, clinical trials, and conducting participant interviews. In addition, for those who are interested, I have finished studies that would be available for data analyses and possible submission of posters to local and/or national conferences.
Project Direction The NIH trial is a 5-year grant, with two more years to go of data collection. The SAMHSA project is funded for 2021-2026.
Mentorship and Supervision We will meet weekly one-on-one to monitor progress on data analysis projects. There is also a weekly lab meeting with all research team members.
Student Qualifications Student must complete CITI training well in advance of their start date (this is required for IRB purposes). This opportunity is best for students who are interested in future medical or PhD training and/or are interested in building their CV with data analysis projects that lead to poster submissions.
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 22 to July 28, 2023
Schedule: To be arranged within schedule parameters of M-F, 8am-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 resume or CV, GPA, a brief statement of research interests, and a brief statement of career interests.