PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Section: 010 Alcohol and Other Behavior Disorders in Community Settings, II
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
CBL, Experiential
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 12 credits may be elected through PSYCH 304, 305, 306, 307, and 308.
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290.
Other Course Info:
A total of six credits of PSYCH letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. PSYCH 305 must be taken for at least three credits to count as an experiential lab in the Psychology concentration.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The Division of Substance Abuse ( and its research arm, the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC) provide a continuing opportunity for students to gain research experience in community settings as part of the Center's ongoing program of field research studies.

Current projects include: Current projects include following the relationship between alcohol and injury in the Emergency Department involving conducting in-person and telephone interviews with patients; supporting a descriptive study of the development of risk for substance abuse and other trouble in families; screening participants for risky drinking or substance misuse in order to develop interventions; using fMRI technology to determine brain activation differences in children of alcoholics, as well as other developing field research studies being carried out by Center scientists.

Projects provide students with the opportunity to obtain research experience in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Some of the work involves data collection, some scoring of protocols, and some learning about and assisting in the construction and maintenance of complex behavioral science databases.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include: interest in social sciences or health sciences; attendance at the weekly seminar, ability to travel to project sites (car preferred, however, not required for all placements); excellent interpersonal skills; and experience interacting with the public.

Students do data entry, administer brief questionnaires to persons in primary care offices, in home to families, and also conduct telephone follow-up interviews with participants as the Emergency Department Study.

Students also are required to write a research paper.

Intended Audience:

This course is the second term of a two-term practicum sequence (The first term is PSYCH 326-448).

Students interested in multidisciplinary research, in the areas of alcohol problems, depression, other drug problems, and behavioral health screening would benefit from the course. A GPA of 3.0 higher is required.

Interested applicants should contact: Natalie Stevenson,, 734-232-3352

Class Format:

A focused series of weekly seminars allows students to interact with Center scientists carrying out a variety of studies pertaining to the etiology, course, and treatment of substance abuse. Those who register for the course will be required to attend a research meeting, a one hour weekly seminar/lecture, and 7.5 hours of field work each week during the academic term.

PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
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010 (LAB)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Interested applicants should contact: Angela Galka,, 734-232-3352.
661 (LAB)
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