Dr. Fran Wymbs received a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF awards $293k for program to build clinical research skills

The National Science Foundation has awarded Frances Wymbs, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine, a $293,000 three-year Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant. The program will provide undergraduate students with in-depth hands-on clinical research experience focused on children with social, emotional and behavioral problems. Faculty members with strong programs of research will mentor the students. Collaborators on the program include Sebastian Diaz, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of family medicine; Dawn Graham, Ph.D., lecturer in social medicine; Steve Evans, Ph.D., professor of psychology; Julie Owens, Ph.D., professor of psychology; and Brian Wymbs, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology.

The goal of this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program is to provide undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on experience focused on gaining clinical research skills for children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems (SEB). Students are trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, and trained on how to design and conduct research studies on treatment-related issues for children with SEB. Students are also trained in the ethical conduct of research. Students are mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who have strong programs of research. Faculty members’ expertise includes services for children and adolescents with SEBs, parent-related stress and engagement in services for children’s SEB, factors impacting school services for SEB, decision-making for SEB services among parents, providers, teachers, and children, and integrated health systems for children and families with SEB living in rural or underserved settings.  As our REU site will include participation of students from underrepresented groups or diverse backgrounds (i.e., rural, first-generation, ethnic or cultural minority, women), we have an opportunity to potentially assist the career trajectories of these students, including enriching their graduate school prospects, career paths, and career options.  Additionally, some students who will participate in our REU may come from a field related to psychology, such as education or social work, where they may have had less exposure to working on clinical research projects.