The Autism Long-term Outcomes Study (formerly, Optimal Outcomes) project at the University of Connecticut is recruiting applicants for a postdoctoral position. The successful applicant will play a key role on an NIH-funded research project (PIs: Inge-Marie Eigsti, Ph.D., and Deborah Fein, Ph.D.) investigating individuals who were diagnosed with autism at an early age but who no longer present with any symptoms. This group is described as having an optimal outcome (OO). We are investigating the functional neural bases of language and social reorganization, as well as adult functioning, in individuals with OO. We will identify early predictors and patterns of neuroplasticity that support reorganization, and compare OO to high-functioning autism in adulthood. Our approach combines neuroimaging and assessments of behavioral function. The successful candidate will join the intellectually rich Brain and Cognitive Science community at the University of Connecticut, and will have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of scientists and clinicians and to build an independent research program.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Minimum qualifications include:
PhD in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
A record of research productivity is required.
Preferred qualifications include:
Strong expertise in autism, psychological assessment, or in human fMRI, as evidenced by Ph.D. thesis and/or publications
Experience in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and/or cognitive neuropsychology.
Additional Salary Information: This will be a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable position. Flexible start date. For additional information regarding benefits visit: http://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/
Internal Number: 2018422
About University of Connecticut, Psychological Sciences
Our project (PIs: Inge-Marie Eigsti and Deborah Fein) follows a group of people who meet full criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to age 5, but later lose all symptoms, and have IQ and adaptive skills that are average or higher. In prior work, they appeared to use unique brain networks to achieve this outcome. Our newly-funded project will explore long-term outcomes in autism in two cohorts: (1) those we studied in our prior research as teens, and who are now young adults, using online assessments to evaluate how they navigate the difficult transition into independence and young adulthood; and (2) confirming the early presentation of ASD in children who were evaluated and diagnosed at ages 2-4 years, and are now in their teens. An MRI study of this second group will investigate the functional connectivity of specific task-engaged social and language and resting-state networks, to specify the functional integration of the circuits involved in specific long-term outcomes, and to test our proposed model of compensation.