Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Early Autism Detection and Intervention

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Elyanah Posner
Telephone: (206) 685-6465

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Wendy Stone
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 338
Telephone: (206) 685-2821

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? By appointment only; Students are also invited to attend our weekly meetings, as their schedule allows.

Direct supervisor of students:

Lisa Ibanez
Supervisor Title: Research Coorinator; Assistant Director of READi Lab
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The University of Washington READi Lab focuses on conducting research related to early identification and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). READi projects range from longitudinal studies of young infants at elevated risk for ASD, to community-based training in ASD screening and intervention for birth-to-three providers. We are looking for bright, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals who are hungry for experience and eager to contribute to the field of ASD early detection and intervention. As a research assistant, your duties may include transcribing interviews, coding parent and child behaviors from videos, data entry, screening subjects, video editing, childcare, and other research-related tasks. You may also have the opportunity to film and observe behavioral and cognitive evaluations.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9 hours/week
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students must have some availability weekdays between 9am-5pm. Specific hours needed to be in lab will vary based on project.
Student commitment: 2 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry 10 % video taping 0 % animal care
% database management % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
20 % encoding data % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
% library research 5 % running subjects 0 % histology
25 % data collection 15 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    5 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

We seek candidates with an appetite for diversity in tasks and an ability to adapt to varying demands of skill level. Experience in a research setting, familiarity with statistical analysis and/or research methods, ability to organize and process detail-orientated high-attention endeavors, and possessing experience with infants and young children is preferable. An interest in ASD, early intervention, and early detection is a plus.