Closing the Research-Practice Gap in Children's Mental Health Treatment

This project is ongoing.

The Laboratory for Leveraging Evidence and Advancing Practice for Youth Mental Health Services (LEAP Lab) focuses on designing and testing mental health treatments that work in the real world for underserved children and adolescents. We examine the factors that promote and support the effective use of these treatments, and emphasize research-practice partnerships with community stakeholders in the clinics and schools where most youth receive services.



-Interest in gaining experience in dissemination and implementation research 

-Highly motivated, hardworking, and good organizational/time

-management skills 

-Minimum GPA of 3.0 


-Major in psychology, education, or a related field 

-Familiarity with the following software: SPSS, Excel, Adobe, Qualtrics 

-Previous related work/volunteer experience 

-Access to a car/motor vehicle/reliable transportation

Project Timeline

Undergraduate RA positions are available now for all of our studies! We have a huge need for Spanish-speaking research assistants too. 


Community outreach, Excel data entry, pick up/drop off of lab equipment and interacting with community therapists, assisting with therapy trainings, literature searches, other miscellaneous lab duties 


Students should expect to work 8-10 hours/week on lab projects. Course credit is available.

Typical Time Commitment
10 hours/week
Desired Length of Commitment
2 semesters


The Office of Undergraduate Research recommends that you attend an info session or advising before contacting faculty members or project contacts about research opportunities. We'll cover the steps to get involved, tips for contacting faculty, funding possibilities, and options for course credit. Once you have attended an Office of Undergraduate Research info session or spoken to an advisor, you can use the "Who to contact" details for this project to get in touch with the project leader and express your interest in getting involved.

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