Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience
The Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) will select highly qualified college graduates for the Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC). The YCSC at the Yale School of Medicine is a leading institution for research on childhood developmental and mental health disorders. Through extensive interdepartmental collaborations, the program brings together experts in developmental psychopathology, experimental psychology, statistics, neuroimaging, eye-tracking, psychophysiology, and computational science. The program is led by Dr. Kasia Chawarska and co-directed by Drs. Suzanne Macari and Kelly Powell. Collaborators include Drs. Joseph Chang (Statistics and Data Science Department), Todd Constable and Dustin Scheinost (Radiology and Biomedical Imaging), Laura Ment (Pediatrics), as well as Flora Vaccarino, Wendy Silverman, Fred Volkmar and Jamie McPartland (CSC).
The program will give priority to applicants with prior experience in research with clinical populations and/or with infants and young children. Experience with implementation of behavioral, eye-tracking, and psychophysiological studies, as well as in data processing and analysis will be helpful. The applicants must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and have familiarity with database environments such as SQL. Familiarity with packages such as R, SPSS, or SAS will be reviewed favorably. Successful applicants will be involved in a two-year program of training involving clinical and research experiences, beginning on or about July 1, 2020.
The fellowship’s curriculum includes participation in the Yale Autism Program’s weekly science meetings, weekly SANA Program meetings, research tutorials and courses, and other didactic experiences at the Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine, and Departments of Psychology and Statistics. The primary training experience will be in daily activities related to behavioral, psychophysiological, and eye-tracking studies. The lab has many ongoing neuroimaging studies with fetal, neo-natal, and school-aged participants. Fellows are typically involved in aspects of each study ranging from design and implementation of novel behavioral, eye-tracking and psychophysiological experiments, data processing and analysis of experimental data to participating directly in subject characterization by conducting structured parent interviews and assessing participants.
Fellows will assist with data entry, data quality control, videotaping and coding of experimental sessions, as well as grant manuscript and conference abstract preparation. Additionally, fellows will be given an opportunity to prepare their own conference abstract from the point of data collection though data analysis and abstract submission. Successful applicants will be directly mentored by the program directors and faculty and involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists.
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Sponsor Institution: Yale Child Study Center, Yale University
Program Director: Katarzyna Chawarska
Additional Faculty: Suzanne Macari, Kelly Powell, Angelina Vernetti
Award Amount: $30,000 per year in Year 1; $32,000 in Year 2 (healthcare coverage is available)
Term of Award: 2 years, beginning on or about July 1, 2020.
Completed Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
Eligible are college graduates who will have received a bachelor’s degree before beginning the position. Masters level candidates will be favorably reviewed. Please note that this fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies. However, we hope that the fellowship will serve as an important stepping stone towards future graduate studies. For more specific questions, interested applicants should contact Suzanne Macari at .
Application includes 1 copy of each of the following items, preferably in pdf format:
· A completed application cover page – all sections are required.
· A CV
· Official transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable). Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution.
· A 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals – can be single or double spaced
· Two letters of recommendation that speak directly to the candidate’s potential. Electronic copies of recommendation letters are preferred and must be emailed to directly from the recommender. Hard copies may be sent by recommenders in signed and sealed envelopes to the address below.
· Please include your full name on EVERY PAGE of the items listed above.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020, 5:00 pm EST.
Items not sent electronically can be sent to:
Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program
300 George Street, Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511