WMHRP Current Graduate Trainees

Interested applicants should review the Eligibility Requirements and Expectations for URAs in the WMHRP. Qualified applicants should send an email with their resume to Lacey Pezley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Currently, our Undergraduate Research Assistants work on the following research studies in the WMHRP lab:

1. Enhancing Perinatal Mental Health

  • Developing a Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Research Registry

    The purpose of this study is to establish a research database linking psychological diagnoses, perinatal medical records and a biorepository of biological samples from routine perinatal clinic visits. This database will provide insights into predictors of perinatal mental health disorders in women.

    URAs recruit participants from the Center for Women’s Health clinic, obtain informed consent and administer surveys via tablet. URAs will also administer a Computerized Adaptive Diagnostic (CAD) tool to assess depression. URAs also assist in data entry and database management.

  • Training Providers to Assess Perinatal Depression

    The purpose of this study is to implement a training program for perinatal care providers that incorporates an assessment of perinatal depression into routine clinical visits.

    URAs conduct audits of perinatal patients’ electronic medical records to determine whether enrolled providers are meeting recommended screening, assessment and referral benchmarks for perinatal depression.

  • Validating a Computerized Adaptive Diagnostic (CAD) Tool for Depression

    This study implements a CAD screening tool for major depressive disorder (MDD) and validates it against the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID).

    URAs receive training in conducting the SCID and administering it to research participants.

2. HIV and Cognition

  • Sex Differences in Cognitive Response to Hydrocortisone in HIV-infected Individuals with Anxiety or Depression

    This study investigates stress as a potentially treatable contributor to cognitive dysfunction in HIV-infected women.

    URAs learn about neurocognitive testing and are trained to score participant test results, compare and validate data, and learn data entry and database management in an SPSS-database.

  • HIV Mental Health and Cognition Research Registry

    This research registry is for HIV+ men and women who are interested in participating in social and neurocognitive research conducted by the Women’s Mental Health Research Program and approved collaborators.

    URAs may visit UIC’s Infectious Disease (ID) clinic to recruit and screen eligible participants for the research registry.

  • Effects of Menstrual Cycle Fluctuations on HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Impairment in Cocaine Users

    The purpose of this study is to conduct a menstrual cycle study in HIV+ and HIV= cocaine-dependent women to better understand the contribution of estradiol and progesterone on cognition.

    Our URA participates in eligibility screening, database entry and management and neurocognitive testing.

3. Hot Flashes and Cognition

  • Effects of Stellate Ganglion Block on Vasomotor Symptoms in Women Receiving Anti-Estrogen Therapy for Breast Cancer

    The aim of this study is to determine whether a stellate ganglion block (SGB) can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes in women with breast cancer. In addition, the study looks at the effect of SGB on mood, memory, cognition, sleep and quality of life.

    Our URA participates in data management, neurocognitive testing, and scoring / analysis of data.

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