Judgments and experiences following Alcohol consumption in the Moment (JAM Study)


Supervising Faculty: Sarah Pedersen, PhD

Contact: Sarah Pedersen, PhD pedersensl@upmc.edu  

Area of Research: Health Disparities, Substance Use

Description of Research: We are looking for undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience in a laboratory controlled setting. The aim of the study is to examine the effects of alcohol in Black and White drinkers both inside and outside of the laboratory. Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Duties of Students: Students will interact with participants who have been drinking alcohol in the lab and will receive training in experimental research methods as well as ecological momentary assessment. Students are strongly encouraged attend weekly lab meetings and biweekly journal club. They will also have exposure to additional research conducted in the lab. Students will have opportunities to participate in data cleaning, data management, and data entry. Students must have some availability in early afternoons and on weekends.


Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
  • PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology
  • Junior or senior level Psychology major
  • Enjoys interacting with participants
  • Comfortable working with participants who are under the influence of alcohol in a controlled laboratory setting.
  • Flexible weekday and weekend availability to overlap with participant lab experiments (early afternoons).

Number of Students: 6
Lab website: www.yfrp.pitt.edu

Terms offered: Summer, Fall, Spring