Faculty Sponsor: 
Dapretto, Mirella
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Contact Name: 
Jillian Yeargin
Description of Research Project: 
The main goal of this study is to identify gender differences in brain structure, function, connectivity, and genetics in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Currently, autism spectrum disorders affect more males than females. Research indicates that males are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD. By learning more about these gender differences, we aim to improve techniques for diagnosis and interventions. In order to thoroughly investigate the questions we are asking, we will be using a variety of methods: neuropsychological testing, EEG, fMRI and a genetics portion. Our lab specializes in the fMRI portion of this study.
Description of Student Responsibilities: 
We are seeking a highly self-motived, detail-oriented upperclassman to assist staff and graduate students with data management, analysis, and general lab operations. This includes preparing study materials, entering data collected on behavioral measures, and assisting in MRI data quality control. Motivated students may assist with performing MRI’s (after safety certification has been completed) and work closely with our graduate students on data analysis. Additionally, students will engage with scientific literature surrounding autism spectrum disorders and child development. This is a great opportunity for individuals considering a graduate degree in neuroscience, psychology, or medicine, but all are welcome to apply. A two-quarter commitment is preferred and students able to commit to a year or more will have the opportunity to participate in more complex/in-depth learning experiences. Commitment will be approximately 8-hours a week. Please apply by email, stating briefly why you are interested in the lab, and attach a copy of your resume or CV.