Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Social Cognition and Technology in Children and Infants with Autism

This project was expired on 09/30/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kelsey Jackson
Telephone: (206) 987-2427

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Sara Jane Webb
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology
Department: Psychology
Office: BRU/Autism Project CHDD, Room CD314C
Telephone: (206) 221-6461

Does faculty advisor meet with students?


Direct supervisor of students:

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

Short Project Description

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL), directed by Dr. Frederick Shic , is dedicated to developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Areas of work include biomarker development – primarily using eye tracking, near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and electroencephalography (EEG) – to track the effects of treatment, understand developmental and behavioral heterogeneity, and to predict clinical outcomes. We are also developing innovative technologies including mobile apps, video games, robots, smart toys and virtual reality, to enable next-generation sensing and therapeutics. We are looking for interns that are interested in working at the intersection of developmental and clinical psychology, child health and social neuroscience. Interested applicants should please send their resume to Preference given to applications received by 9/15.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: We are currently accepting applicants who have availability M-F between 8:30am-5pm.
Student commitment: 3 consecutive quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry % video taping % animal care
15 % database management 5 % interview subjects % animal observation
30 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 5 % running subjects % histology
10 % data collection 5 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience working with children, ideally clinical populations. Reliability and punctuality. Attention to detail. Ability to flexibly work near campus OR at our downtown office.