Faculty Sponsor: 
Dapretto, Mirella
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Contact Name: 
Jillian Yeargin
(310) 825-5326
Description of Research Project: 
Sensory over-responsivity (SOR) is a highly prevalent feature of autism spectrum disorders: an estimated 50-75% of ASD children experience SOR, ranging from tactile discomfort to distress in loud or complex environments. The purpose of this research is to examine how the brains and physiological responses of children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory over-responsivity differ from those of children with ASD but no sensory issues and from children with anxiety. Results will help us determine whether treatment for anxiety can also be used for SOR.
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 psychology, neuroscience, 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.