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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 one or more highly qualified college graduates for research fellowship positions at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC). The Yale CSC is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on ASD involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and treatment. Through extensive interdepartmental collaborations, the SANA 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), 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.

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, neonatal, 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.

The Postgraduate Associate position is one year in duration with a salary of $35,700.00. A reappointment to a second year may be possible and will be determined 4-6 months prior to the end date.

Anticipated start date is September 2021 and may start remotely in accordance with Yale University guidance around COVID-19.

Eligibility Requirements

Postgraduate positions are open to those who will have received a bachelor and/or master’s degree before beginning the position, but not doctoral degrees. 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 Dr. Suzanne Macari at

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Award Details

Sponsor Institution: Yale Child Study Center, Yale University

Program Director: Katarzyna Chawarska

Additional Faculty: Suzanne Macari, Kelly Powell, Angelina Vernetti

Award Amount: $35,700 in Year 1; $36,900 in Year 2 if reappointed (plus full healthcare coverage)

Term of Award: Postgraduate Associate positions at the Child Study Center are for up to two years in duration with the second year being conditional on progress made in the first year and the availability of funding.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

U.S. Citizenship: Not Required