Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

ACE Multisite Study of Adolescent & Adult Transitions (GENDAAR 2)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Megha Santhosh
Telephone: (206) 884-7814

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Upon request

Direct supervisor of students:

Megha Santhosh
Supervisor Title: Clinical Research Coordinator III
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

It has been repeatedly observed that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) disproportionately affects males relative to females. Although there have been many attempts to explain this bias, no clear answers have emerged because of small sample sizes. This study hopes to longitudinally study adolescents with and without ASD to identify sex differences in the brain and DNA to learn how these differences relate to the heterogeneity in ASD behavior. Once we learn about these sex differences in ASD, we might be able to discover better ways of diagnosing, treatment, and outcomes for children with autism. Participants enrolled in the study are between the ages of 12 and 30, with or without a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. This project utilizes behavioral measures, EEG, fMRI and genetic information to characterize participants. We are looking for individuals to help with collection, data entry, coding, and processing on this project.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Business hours: 9-5
Student commitment: 3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
10 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research 10 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 5 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects

Other:25% help with prepping for study visits and about 15% processing of EEG data

Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for individuals who are responsible, self-directed and comfortable with computers and learning new computer programs. Some experience with individuals with autism or children with developmental delay is also preferred.