This is an OTD residency opportunity in the Clinical Research pathway.
Grace Baranek | Innovations in Neurodevelopmental Sensory Processing Research (insp!re) Lab
About Grace Baranek and the insp!re lab
In the Innovations in Neurodevelopmental Sensory Processing Research (insp!re) lab, led by Dr. Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, we are working on a program of research to better understand sensory-regulatory functions and social-communication development among infants and children at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Our primary goal is to identify early behavioral and neuro-physiological risk markers of neurodevelopmental disorders and to develop evidence-based screening tools, and interventions for the community.
About the residency
As the OTD Resident in the insp!re lab, you may engage in the following activities:
- Assume the role of project manager on one (or more) of our studies. This responsibility includes attending and coordinating team meetings, creating agendas, taking minutes, tracking action items, organizing and delegating tasks to RAs, and answering lab and study-related inquiries (emails and calls), ordering lab supplies, and serving as a liaison across sites/studies as needed.
- Assist with academic and research-related writing associated with lab studies and projects (i.e., literature reviews, grants, IRBs, proposals, publications).
- Recruiting participants (families with infants and young children) for studies.
- Coordinating clinical assessment trainings, and conducting some assessments and interviews.
- Data collection, entry/management and simple analyses.
- Building partnerships with the community (especially under-represented groups such as Latino families) and USC-affiliated organizations. Bilingual students are especially needed.
Individuals may apply for competitive division scholarship awards. These scholarships will cover up to 18 units of tuition.