Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

MRI Study of Gender Differences in Autism

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Anna Kresse
Telephone: (206) 884-7880
Email: anna.kresse@seattlechildrens.org

Faculty Information

Department: Psychiatry

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Upon request

Direct supervisor of students:

Anna Kresse
Supervisor Title: Clinical Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

It has been repeatedly observed that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) disproportionately affects males relative to females. Although there have been many attempts to explain this bias, no clear answers have emerged because of small sample sizes. This study hopes to use fMRI to identify sex differences in the brain and to learn how these differences relate to the heterogeneity in ASD Behavior. We are looking for an intern to assist with running MRI scans for children 8-17 years old with autism and typical development. This is a hands-on position.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 4
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: This position is to assist with MRI scans for our study. These scans take place on Sunday afternoons. Although there may be an opportunity for some hours to be completed during the work-week, you must be able to work Sunday afternoons.
Student commitment: 2 quarter minimum

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
0 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
10 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 100 % running subjects 0 % histology
90 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

This is a hands-on position and an ideal candidate will have experience with children, and an interest in learning more about neuroimaging. Your responsibilities may include helping participants get ready to go into the scanner, running computer experiments, giving instructions to subjects, and assisting with data. You must be available on Sundays.