Allan Knight ’14

Major: Psychology. Hometown:Winnetka, Illinois.


Chaffin Fellow in Psychology

Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa

Week 5:
Carver College of Medicine


February 18, 2014 | It’s been a little over a month, and I feel like I have established something of a routine here at the lab. I mostly enter data now for the bone loss prevention study. This study is a kind of sister project to the SSRI bone mass density study, which seeks to monitor and uncover correlations […]

Week 4:
Carver College of Medicine


February 11, 2014 | This week I not only got on the schedule to shadow a visit, but the participant showed up too! I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to observe a  visit for some time, as two participants beforehand had blown off their scheduled meetings. This is pretty common. When I asked Nichole (a more senior research assistant […]

Week 3:
Carver College of Medicine


February 4, 2014 | This week the lab hasn’t been able to run any bone-scans, so there have not been any participant visits in a little while. Mostly this has been a week of data entry, but I am on the board for shadowing this Thursday’s patient visit! I also got to shadow Sean as he prepared blood samples for human DNA […]

Week 2:
Carver College of Medicine


January 30, 2014 | Real world lesson for the week: the research of emotional anguish is itself stressful, complicated, and often disheartening.  On Tuesday I was suppossed to shadow a visit with Sean, another student research assistant. Unfortunately his participant experiences extreme anxiety and social phobia, and Sean thought the presence of two researchers might overwhelm her. The second visit was supposed […]

Week 1:
Carver College of Medicine


January 22, 2014 | The Calarge lab is quite an operation! I am one of the sixteen who assist Dr. Chadi Calarge in his studies of the psychiatric medication of adolescents. His lab is a part of the massive University of Iowa hospital system. I had no idea it was so big! My hope as a psychology major is to one day become […]