Research Assistant at Children’s National Health System

Research Assistant Position at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Health System is seeking applications for a full-time Research Assistant.
Our research program focuses on improving the lives of youth with autism through a range of initiatives related to: gender and autism, health-disparities, and non-social cognitive differences (especially executive function). We develop and test new evaluation methods and cognitive behavioral interventions for autistic youth, and our studies aim to determine which interventions create changes in key outcomes such as classroom behavior and in brain functioning. Our research is interdisciplinary including behavioral, diagnostic, genetic, neuroimaging and endocrine-related methods.
Research Assistants at CASD work collaboratively on a variety of research projects with primary research faculty members, including Dr. Lauren Kenworthy, Dr. John Strang, Dr. Cara Pugliese and Dr. Allison Ratto, the Clinical Research Program Lead, Dr. Alyssa Verbalis, and Outreach Coordinator, Yetta Myrick. All CASD faculty and staff work closely with research assistants to provide supervision on individual projects and mentorship for career goals. Opportunities are provided for authorship of presentations and papers as well as clinical experiences, which can be useful for those intending to apply to graduate school. General responsibilities include child testing, parent interviews, participant recruitment, data collection and management, IRB protocol management, grant preparation, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts. Applicants for this position will need their own car as our research occurs at multiple locations that are not always easily accessible with public transportation. A strong focus of the current position will be our projects involving neuroimaging, in collaboration with our colleagues at Georgetown University.
A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts is required. A strong background in psychology, biology, and/or health sciences is preferred. Prior experience with research, statistics, and/or children with disabilities is strongly recommended. Experience with neuroimaging techniques is beneficial. This position provides valuable experience and publication opportunities for candidates interested in pursuing degrees in psychology or medicine.
Applications are being accepted for immediate review and start date. We require at least a one-year commitment. Salary is competitive. Please visit us on the web at
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to
Alyssa Verbalis, Ph.D. and Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D. Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology Children’s National Health System 15245 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 Rockville, MD 20850 ; ph – 301-765-5485


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