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Work-Based Learning Project (WBL): Research-Based and Field Experience

Work-Based Learning (WBL) allows students to apply classroom content in professional settings while gaining real-world experiences.  These opportunities will provide you with a deeper, more engaging and relevant learning environment.  This semester, I will be offering the following WBL activity in order to provide you with the opportunity to explore career options in the field of psychology and sociology.

Opportunities for students to participate in unpaid and paid research projects (e.g. in sciences, social sciences, media studies) and field experiences (e.g. in environmental sciences) that extend classroom learning. Research-based and field experiences teach skills that are difficult to teach or learn in classrooms (e.g. the importance of calibrating instruments or the importance of safety procedures), demystify and enhance motivation for learning research skills or exploring the natural world, support critical thinking in the collection and use of data, and provide opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world outside of school. (COR A)

Research-Based and Field Experience; Students in social psychology courses are often required to serve as participants in psychological studies. In order to earn full credit for this project, you must do all of the following:

*participate as a research subject for a minimum of 5 hours (one study or multiple studies may fulfill these hours)

*conduct an interview with the principle investigator or the research assistant that is overseeing the study. If you participate in more than one study, choose one person to interview. The interview must be summarized using a minimum of 250 words and include why the individual became involved in this area of research and what they enjoy most/least about doing research

*submit a 4-5 paged written summary of your experiences that will include each of the following:

a screenshot of each consent form that is required prior to your participation with your signature

a summary of the interview you conducted that meets the minimum 250 words requirement

a description of each study or studies including who was being studied and why

your thoughts about research

  • the ethical guidelines you discovered and how significant you found them to be
  • the overall purpose of the study and the potential findings
  • the overall impact of this study or studies on the scientific disciplines of psychology or sociology
  • This requirement serves two purposes. First, this experience provides students with direct exposure to psychological research. The descriptions of psychological research that appear in textbooks and scientific journals necessarily omit a great deal of information about what research is like. Serving as a research participant should thus complement what students learn in their psychology/sociology course by giving them a ''behind the scenes" look at research. The second purpose of psychological research is the acquisition of knowledge. A great deal of what we know about human behavior is based on studies conducted at universities. Without research participants, we simply wouldn't know very much about psychology. All students are required to participate in a minimum of five hours of psychological studies, either in person or online. Studies can be found all throughout San Diego county at research institutions, hospitals, mental health facilities, etc. A few helpful links can be found below:
  • (Links to an external site.) (department of psychology—undergraduate research)
  • (Links to an external site.) (matches you with relevant studies taking place)
  • (Links to an external site.) (department of psychiatry; school of medicine) (Links to an external site.) (behavioral health services)

Please note that online studies can also be located at many major universities throughout the United States for both paid and unpaid participation. Both in-person and virtual participation as a research subject are acceptable. 

You will have the entire semester to complete this project, however, you will want to begin planning early to locate the number of studies/hours to fulfill your obligation. Take the time to locate a research study or series of studies, participate as a research subject (either paid or unpaid), conduct a short interview with the principle investigator(s) about how this study came to fruition and write and submit your final paper addressing the requirements stated above. Your final paper is due during the final week of this course (week 8) by Sunday at 11:59PM.

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Work-Based Learning (WBL) Project

Work-Based Learning (WBL) Project


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDescription:In order to earn full credit for this project, you must do all of the following:
1. participate as a research subject for a minimum of five hours
2. Submit a screenshot for each signed consent form
3. Conduct an interview with the principle investigator or research assistant for at least one study and include a summary that meets the minimum word requirement
4. Submit a 4-5 paged paper that includes a description, purpose, potential findings and ethics involved for each study. Discuss the overall impact of research on the scientific disciplines of psychology and sociology.

Partial Credit will be given to projects that are submitted but missing any of the above criteria. Credit will be assessed based on the level and quantity of missing criteria.

No credit will be applied to missing projects, or those projects that are submitted that do not meet any of the above criteria.

Individual feedback will be given to each student within one week of submission.

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Work-Based Learning Project (WBL): Research-Based and Field Experience


Work-Based Learning Project (WBL): Research-Based and Field Experience
Screenshot of Consent Form That is Required Prior to Your Participation with Your
(Insert here)- I have attached a consent form. All you need is to include relevant signatures and
screenshot them.
Summary of the Interview
This project focuses on a study on “Mobile Web-based Behavioral Intervention for
Improving Caregiver Well-being.” The study started in November 2018 at the University of
California, San Diego. The principle investigator is Brent T. Mausbach, PhD. He is a PhD holder
in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. He was
integral in providing robust answers concerning the research during the interview. Dr. Mausbach
is a licensed clinical psychologist. Currently, he works at Moores Cancer Center at UC San
Diego Health.
Dr. Mausbach noted that he was involved in this study due to his extensive knowledge
and experience in geriatric psychiatry. He has been involved in various studies that are related to
this research. He argues that many caregivers above forty years old find themselves increasingly
stressed due to the demanding nature of their work, resulting in depressive disorders. Although
various interventions have been put in place to address the issue of depression among caregivers,
they remain to be ineffective. He believes that embracing mobile internet-based interventions
will deal with the existing inefficiencies in the current interventions.


According to Dr. Mausbach, he enjoys most exploring the impact of technology in
clinical psychology. He argues that technology will continue to play a significant role in
addressing and treating multiple psychological disorders. Equally, he believes his involvement in
the research has helped him gain new ideas that will be useful in his future studies. On the
contrary, he enjoys least the slow progress made by the study. The inability to get and retain the
required number of respondents over the past three years is draining.
Description of the Study or Studies Including Who Was Being Studied and Why
The study targets to recruit 200 participants. Currently, it has only managed 168
caregivers that meet the study's eligibility criteria. Eligible respondents should be 40 years and
above, English-speaking, show signs of mild depression, caregiver to a family member with
Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia (ADRD), and offer a minimum of 20 hours of home
care every day week. The participants are randomly placed under web-based bibliotherapy or
behavioral activation therapy. The study type is inter...

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