URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Simon Driver

Associate Professor

School of Biological and Population Health

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Women's Building 206

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97333Tel: 541 737 3263 Fax: 541 737 6613



Research Project Title:

Implementing a Physical Activity Health Promotion Program for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability Living in a Group Home


Project Overview: 

The primary aim is to design and implement a physical activity health promotion program for individuals with an intellectual disability. The need for the program and the specific content required has been established through our previous research with stakeholders in the group home setting (i.e., residents, program coordinators, support staff, and managers/directors). The intent of the program is to help group homes facilitate physical activity for the residents through increased knowledge, goal setting, and role modeling. We are currently completing the program materials for printing (Winter/Spring terms 2013) and the program will be delivered to the group homes in Fall 2013.



What skills will students obtain in this project? 

Experience with developing and implementing a health promotion program for individuals with intellectual disabilities; effective communication skills with fellow researchers, participants, and group home staff; strong research method and data collection skills.


Student research tasks: 

Student responsibilities will include assisting with designing the program materials. This will include utilizing the internet to find exercises appropriate for the group home population, as well as formatting materials to meet an 8th grade reading level. The student will also work with the research team to understand the development of the documents (i.e., IRB protocol, recruitment flyers, consent documents, etc.). During implementation of the program, the student will help the researchers deliver the program content to group home agencies, aid in the informed consent process, and assist with data collection and data entry. The student will also be available for 2-3 hours a week to answer questions related to program implementation from the group homes participating in the project.  


Period of work - Spring and Fall


Number of hours per week expected of student:     6-8


Preferred Faculty Contact Information:Simon Driver, PhD

Women's Building 206


Tel: 541 737 3263

Office hours: 1-3pm on Mondays or by appointment

(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)

X Yes    q  No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    X  No:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    X  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    X  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    X  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    X  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    X  No:   Small Boating Operations


Approval Number(s) from above, if relevant - IRB#5035

If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.