Project Sponsor(s): Jeffrey Cully, PhD
Project Title: Effectiveness and Implementation of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)
Project Description: A multi-site randomized controlled trial designed to examine the clinical impact of a brief cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for depressed Veterans treated in VA Community – Based Outpatient Clinics.
Institution and Location:
Houston VA HSR&D Center of Excellence
2002 Holcombe Blvd. (152)
Houston, TX 77030
Eligibility for international students?: International students are eligible for the internship.
Expectations of student:
- The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
Selected student(s) must have completed at least TWO courses in anthropology, biology, psychology, sociology, or health education. A research methods course is preferred.
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain:
Knowledge and skills gained: Students will gain an understanding about mental health care interventions in primary care, as well as, about depression. Additionally, students will gain experience in working with a research team on a large scale project, understanding of how randomized controlled trials of psychosocial treatments are conducted in a mental health setting, and experience with computerized patient health records by conducting chart reviews in the Veteran medical records system (i.e., CPRS). Also, students will gain experience in basic descriptive statistics, preparation of conference abstracts and poster presentations, and potentially manuscript development.