Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Estes Labs (Autism - Early Intervention)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Nicole Simard
Telephone: (206) 543-2125

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Meeting may be arranged with the faculty adviser if desired.

Direct supervisor of students:

Nicole Simard
Supervisor Title: IBIS Study Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The University of Washington Autism Center has a variety of opportunities for students to gain clinical research experience. The Infant Brain Imaging Study, or IBIS, is a research study of brain development in infants and children with autism. The U.W. is one of a consortium of researchers across North America that work together to discover early changes in brain development of young children with autism. Our aim is to uncover important clues about brain development that can aid very early detection of autism. We are currently working with both infants and school-age children with an Autism Spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, or who are typically developing. We are also conducting a study on potential environmental factors relating to Autism Spectrum disorders by collecting a variety of biospecimens for analysis. 499 students do a variety of tasks, including videotaping assessments, running eye-tracking software, scoring and entering data, acclimating children to MRI machines (mock scan), providing childcare, sanitizing assessment kits, and general clerical assistance.

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

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.