Chris Andrew Cate and Drew Walther of the Gevirtz School have been awarded Graduate Research Awards for Social Science Surveys (GRASSS). The purpose of the GRASSS program is to enrich the quality of graduate survey research in the social sciences at UC Santa Barbara through a competitive program of awards to graduate students.
Cate’s work, “A New Generation of Student Veterans – A Descriptive Study,” will use a web survey to collect data on how student veterans adjust to college. The survey will measure the academic, social, and institutional stresses student Veterans experience. Additionally, data on the on-campus services student veterans use and the benefits they receive from these services will be collected.
Drew Walther’s project “How Therapist Responses to Client Disclosure of Sexual Orientation Affect Therapeutic Relationships: An Analogue Exploration” randomly assigns internet participants to watch one of six videos of a mock therapy session and asks participants to rate various aspects of the therapeutic relationship. This study extends the current body of literature on working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients in therapy, and is one of few that use videos over the internet.
Chris Andrew Cate is an M.A. candidate in Research Methods emphasis and Ph.D. student in Special Education Risk and Disability Studies (SPEDR). He currently works as a graduate student researcher at the Social Science Survey Center on the UCSB Campus.
Drew Walther is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the combined Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology program. He currently works as the Director of Counseling and Recovery Services at the local nonprofit Pacific Pride Foundation. Walther is also a Resident Coordinator in the new San Clemente Graduate Student housing on campus. Next year he will be participating in a predoctoral internship at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
The GRASSS program is administered by the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER) and the consulting, data collection, and fielding of the surveys are provided by the Social Science Survey Center which are both located on the UCSB campus.
[Chris Andrew Cate and Drew Walther are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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