The Halpern-Felsher lab studies developmental, cognitive, psychosocial and cultural/social factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication and risk behavior. Our work particularly focuses on understanding and reducing adolescent and young adult substance use (including tobacco, electronic cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana), risky sexual behavior, and risky driving. Our research uses a number of methodological approaches, including large-scale research projects, studies involving longitudinal data, online data collection methods, mixed qualitative and quantitative data, interview and focus group data, and survey data. We also develop, implement and evaluate interventions, including pre-post tests and randomized control trials. Our research spans several age groups, including children, adolescents, young adults and parents.
Current Research Projects
Step-Up High School Summer Science Program
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK) Short-term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
Purpose of the NIDDK STEP-UP Program:
To expose underrepresented minority and disadvantaged high school students (rising seniors or those heading to college) to research in the NIDDK mission areas including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases. In addition to these mission areas, other areas of research are also welcome.
- Overall Goal of STEP-UP:
To increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students “in the pipeline” who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social science research.
Step-Up students work with mentors (professors, postdoctoral fellows, medical or graduate students, or research assistants) to develop a hands-on summer project. The project not only enhances the student’s knowledge and skills in a particular area of scientific interest, but also enhances both their overall research capabilities and interest in pursuing a research career.
- Student participants are required to work full-time (40 hours per week) for a minimum of 8 weeks.
- Student begin the program in mid-June, provided they have completed their spring classes.
- The summer session ends with the Annual STEP-UP High School Scientific Session and Summer Research Presentations, usually held the second week of August. This is at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. All expenses are paid by the program.
- Students are required to prepare an abstract and podium presentation (in PowerPoint format) of their summer research. Senior students will also prepare a poster. Funds are available through the program for poster preparation. Students will receive specific details for preparing their items for submission at a later date.
- Students and mentors receive a stipend.
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Visit our Stanford STEP-UP website to learn more about this opportunity.