Be a part of a research laboratory examining patient-provider communication in clinical settings. Current projects examine the communication process during clinical encounters within the context of Motivational Interviewing. Existing MI research has demonstrated that patient change talk – statements about their intrinsic motivations to enact a behavior change, the reasons, desire, ability, and need for the behavior change – are mediators of behavior change. What is less well understood is which of the MI-endorsed communication techniques are most likely to elicit patient change talk and this is the focus of two projects I am currently working on. One is examining the conversations between community health workers, adolescents who are overweight or obese, and their caregivers. The second is examining clinical conversations in the HIV clinic between patients and their health care providers.
Responsibilities will include assisting with transcribing patient-provider interactions, data entry, and other research-related tasks.
This is a volunteer, unpaid position
* Interest in a health-related field preferred
* Previous research experience is desirable, but not necessary (training will be provided)
* GPA >3.25
* Ability to commit to 5 hours / week
* Ability to commit to 2 consecutive semesters