Yale Fellowship in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience

The Yale Fellowship in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge clinical, developmental, and computational research on social cognition in infants at risk for autism as well as toddlers affected by developmental disabilities at the Yale Child Study Center. The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution for research on autism and related social disabilities, with a multidisciplinary approach to autism research spanning projects in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, molecular and population genetics, and treatment. Successful applicants will be involved in a two-year program of training involving clinical and research experiences, starting on or before February 15 or July 1, 2017.

The fellowship's curriculum includes participation in weekly science meetings, weekly Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory/Technology and Innovation Laboratory 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, technological, and eye-tracking studies of infants and toddlers with and without autism. Fellows will be responsible for assisting in a variety of research activities in the Lab and for completing experimental protocols with infants and toddlers and their families, including administering standardized assessment procedures, coding behavioral measures, entering data, videorecording assessments, assisting in the preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations, and providing general assistance relevant to the functioning of the Lab. With research mentorship, selected applicants will be expected to guide a pre-determined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results. Successful applicants will be directly mentored by the program directors, and involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists

Sponsor Institution:

Yale Child Study Center, Yale University

Program Directors: 

Katarzyna Chawarska

Additional Faculty: 

Suzanne Macari, Kelly Powell, and Scuddy Fontenelle, IV

For more information on the Faculty at the Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic, visit the Faculty webpage.

Award Amount:

$30,000 per year in Year 1; $32,000 in Year 2 (plus full healthcare coverage)

Term of Award:

2 years

Submission Deadline:

 August 10, 2017 at 5 pm EST

Start Date:

October 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship:

Not Required

Eligible are college graduates who will have received a bachelor's degree before beginning the position. While candidates are expected to have some experience with computer programming, familiarity with a statistical analysis package (e.g., SPSS, R), outstanding analytic skills, and an interest in clinical research, applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged. Previous experience with developmental, cognitive, or clinical child psychology 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. Additional information about the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory/Technology and Innovation Laboratory can be found here

A complete application includes 1 copy of each of the following items: 

  1. A completed application form
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Official transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable). Transcripts may be sent directly from the institution.
  4. A 2-page personal statement containing biographic material, relevant experience, and career goals - can be single or double spaced
  5. Two sealed and signed letters of recommendation which speak directly to the candidate's potential

Submitting Your Application

Electronic applications (with scanned documents and separate letters of recommendation emailed directly from referees) are preferred and can be sent directly to yescog@yale.edu

Mailed applications may be submitted to: 

Yale Early Social Cognition Lab

40 Temple Street, Suite 7D

New Haven, CT 06510

Links to Recent Publications

For a list of recent publications, visit the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab website.