Erin Berenz

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Psychology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: BSB 1062A Phone: 312-355-0808
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Clinical Psychology; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Addiction

    My research is focused on understanding risk for posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder, particularly among individuals who have been exposed to sexual or physical assault. Ongoing studies include human laboratory studies and treatment-outcome research.

    Specifically, we are focused on understanding which trauma-exposed individuals are most likely to use alcohol as a coping mechanism. For example, we examine links between individuals' trauma memories and craving for alcohol in the laboratory.

    We also are collaborating with the Gateway Foundation to study predictors of better treatment outcome among adults receiving treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder in the residential rehabilitation setting.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3 credit hours (8-9 work hours)

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Students who are the best fit for our lab are dedicated, serious about learning about clinical psychology, hard-working, and detail-oriented. We also require a high level of interpersonal sensitivity, given that our research participants discuss difficult topics (e.g., traumatic experiences) in the laboratory.

    A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Psychology majors who are considering pursuing graduate training in psychology will be given priority. We also require a one-year commitment in the lab, given the time and energy we place into training undergraduate students.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Primary responsibilities will include helping to recruit and screen potential research participants, data entry and management, literature searches, and attending weekly laboratory meetings. You will work with other students, including graduate students, under my supervision.

    Students who show a high level of responsibility and professionalism will have the opportunity to receive training to run participants through laboratory protocols. We value providing students with a high quality experience in the lab and supporting them in exploring options for graduate school in psychology.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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