Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: John Hershberger
Telephone: (206) 685-6465

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

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: Assistant Director of READi Lab
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

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 looking for experience in 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. We are specifically looking for someone to work on our Pathways project, a study evaluating a new healthcare delivery model designed to promote earlier access to specialized intervention for toddlers with ASD and reduce outcome disparities. Through this study, we work closely with community partners in Seattle. This role will primarily be focused on behavioral coding from study videos.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
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 (We are specifically looking for students who can start this summer)

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
15 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
% database management % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
85 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
5 % library research 5 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

An interest in ASD, early intervention, and early detection. 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.