Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Social and behavioral influences on cancer pain management and physician patient communication"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2012 - CPIP
Research area(s):
cancer, communication, healthcare
Project Description:
In this project, we examine physician patient communication and pain management. Secondarily, we examine demographic and behavioral influences on communication. Does it matter if the physician is male or female? Does it matter if the patient is assertive or passive? Does it matter if the physician asks a lot of questions or directs the conversation?
Expected Student Contributions:
the intern will participate in a variety of activities on the project such as research meetings, coding and analyzing data, data entry and management, and other aspects of the study that may interest her or him. In addition, we will carve out a small piece of the study for the intern to develop his or her own project for CPIP. Interns not only get to know the professors involved, but spend a lot of time with graduate students, which gives them a good understanding of what their life would be like if they pursued graduate education.
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Desired Qualifications:
Students with an interest in healthcare and psychosocial factors may enjoy this internship and have the most to offer to the project. In past, we have had biology, nutrition, and pre-med students in this internship. We are open to other majors also.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 6 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Shields, Cleveland
human development and family studies

Student Supervisor

Cezanne Elias, Ph.D.
Project Manager

Cooperating Faculty

Haslyn Hunte