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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Investigation of Genetic Exome Research (TIGER)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Alex Cole
Telephone: (206) 685-2533
Email: alexcole@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Raphael Bernier
Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Psychiatry/Autism Center, CHDD, Box 357920
Telephone: (206) 685-7585
Email: rab2@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? Once per quarter

Direct supervisor of students:

Alex Cole
Supervisor Title: Research Study Assistant
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

In The Investigation of Genetic Exome Research (TIGER) Study we conduct a comprehensive assessment of individuals with specific genetic events associated with ASD, ID, and/or DD in order to better describe how different genetic events impact behavior in children and adults. The study includes a diagnostic evaluation, neurocognitive assessment, language testing, dysmorphological examination, EEG, a blood draw, skin biopsy, questionnaires and parent interviews. Interns will assist with visits, provide childcare, assist with data entry and help with other lab tasks.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Mornings or afternoons, Monday-Friday.
Student commitment: 2 quarter minimum commitment.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry 15 % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection 15 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:10% assisting clinicians and coordinators with visits (set up and clean up, etc) 20% additional lab related tasks (assisting with mailings, faxing, copying, etc.)

Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible, independent and flexible individuals with an interest in gaining an in-depth understanding of research in genetics and autism. Experience with families and children with special needs, computers and other research is desired but not required.