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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Estes Labs (Autism - Early Intervention)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Tina Lee
Telephone: (206) 616-2377
Email: eunlee90@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Annette Estes
Research Assistant Professor, Speech & Hearing Sciences and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Psychology
Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences
Office: Center on Human Development and Disability, Room 335
Telephone: (206) 653-7326
Email: estesa@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

No
If yes, how often? Meeting may be arranged with the faculty adviser if desired.

Direct supervisor of students:

Tina Lee
Supervisor Title: Tadpole Study Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

The University of Washington Autism Center has a variety of opportunities for students to gain clinical research experience. Undergraduate research assistants provide support to the staff in accomplishing research-associated tasks. Working at the UW Autism Center is a way for interested individuals to gain valuable research experience and knowledge in the areas of child development, clinical psychology, and autism spectrum disorders. Students have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of research projects examining potential causes of autism and related disorders as well as intervention for individuals affected by autism. A number of studies at the Center are seeking assistants for credit or on a volunteer basis; 1) Toddlers with Autism: Developing Opportunities for Learning (TADPOLE) is comparing two versions of one-on-one early intervention for young children with autism. Qualifying toddlers who show signs of autism (not smiling and laughing while looking at you, not making sounds like “ma”, and “ba”, not turning to the person speaking when his/her name is called) receive one year of in-home intervention and parent coaching. 2) Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) aims to improve early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Drs. Annette Estes and Stephen R. Dager are conducting MRI brain scans in conjunction with developmental assessments with infants from three months to three years of age. 3) The Time and Movement Study (TAM) is looking for factors that will lead to better methods of early identification and treatment of children with autism. This includes eyeblink and finger tapping measures, as well as skills assessments. We are looking for volunteers who have previous experience with children (children with special needs a plus) and who are detail-oriented and thorough in their work. Flexible hours and coursework in developmental, child, and/or abnormal psychology are preferred. CURRENTLY FULL FOR SPRING QUARTER 2017

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students can volunteer between 7:30am and 5pm each day. Occasional weekend work provided for those who are interested. Some morning availability is required for optimal range in experiences.
Student commitment: 2 quarter commitment

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
25 % data entry 25 % video taping 0 % animal care
25 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 25 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    

Other:

Skills / Experience Preferred

CURRENTLY FULL FOR SPRING 2017 We are looking for volunteers who have previous experience with children (children with special needs a plus) and who are detail-oriented and thorough in their work. Flexible hours and coursework in developmental, child, and/or abnormal psychology are preferred.