Faculty Sponsor: 
Dapretto, Mirella
Department: 
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Contact Name: 
Lisa Jackson
Phone: 
(310) 825-3478
Description of Research Project: 
As part of the UCLA Autism Center of Excellence (funded by the National Institute of Health), we are studying early brain development in infants at high and low risk for autism spectrum disorders. This study involves non-invasive MRI, EEG, eye-tracking, behavioral assessments and qualitative interviews in order to identify signs of autism in the first year of life. Participating infants in this study are seen at at 1.5, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 36 months of age.
Description of Student Responsibilities: 
Students will have the opportunity to code behavioral assessments, transcribe qualitative interviews, enter data and help with overall lab operations. Students will help prepare for visits with families, and may help interact with the families, especially when childcare is needed. Motivated students will have the chance to observe behavioral assessments and EEG sessions, and will help to write up behavioral reports that will be sent to the families in our study. Additionally, students will engage with scientific literature surrounding autism spectrum disorders and child development. A two quarter commitment is preferred. Please apply by email, stating briefly why you are interested in the lab, and attach a copy of your resume or CV.