Undergraduate Students

research experience for undergraduates

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Lab offers research experience for undergraduates and graduate students who are highly motivated and hard-working. Students in our lab obtain hands-on research training by assisting with activities such as participant assessment, behavioral coding, and data entry. Student research assistants gain mentorship, the potential to pursue independent research, and opportunities to present at local conferences. Many of our students go on to receive competitive research awards to support their work with us, such as USC’s SURF and Magellan Scholars awards. Volunteer or course credit opportunities are available. Due to the nature of our work, a two semester commitment is generally required. Interested students should email completed applications to Abby Hogan.

Dr. Roberts’ Current Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Chandler Knott : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chandler Knott

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Chandler Knott is a junior undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina where she is pursuing a B.S. in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Counselor Education. Her interest in neurodevelopment disorders stems from her experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in educational as well as in therapeutic settings. In addition to her research interests of early detection and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and identifying early indicators of anxiety in high-risk infant populations, Chandler is a Registered Behavior Technician and is passionate about implementing evidence based intervention programs. After graduation, Chandler plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or School Psychology.

Hannah Thomas : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hannah Thomas

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Hannah Thomas is a junior undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. degree in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. She will be spending her Spring 2017 semester studying psychology at the University of Westminster in London. Her research interests are early detection of autism and cognitive delays in children. She plans to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus in neuropsychology in the future.

Nicholas Poupore : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicholas Poupore

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Nicolas Poupore is a senior undergraduate student in the Honors College at USC pursuing a degree in Biology. He is currently doing his Honors Thesis on the effectiveness of using both the Autism Observation Scale for Infants and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia in conjunction as a predictor of autism symptom severity. After graduation, Nicolas plans to attend medical school.

Alexis Nanna : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexis Nanna

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Alexis Nanna is a junior undergraduate student in the Honors College at USC, pursuing a B.A. in Experimental Psychology with a minor in counseling. Her research interests lie in the early detection of autism in children. After graduating, Alexis plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology.

Alia Sadek : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alia Sadek

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Alia Sadek is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Honors College. Her research interests include studying early indicators of temperament within adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and fragile x syndrome through behavioral coding and physiological biomarkers. After graduation, Alia plans to attend graduate school to pursue a joint career in research and medicine. Her future career goals include improving treatment for children and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

Wyatt Marshall : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Wyatt Marshall

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Wyatt Marshall is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab at USC. He is pursuing a B.A. in Experimental Psychology with a minor in neuroscience and a statistics cognate. His research interests involve cognitive compensation and neurodegenerative disorders. After graduation he is planning on attending graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience.

Alexis Vetack : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexis Vetack

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Alexis Vetack is a sophomore undergraduate student in the Honors College at USC. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BARSC) degree to combine areas of study from public health, special education, and social work on a pre-med track. Her research interests are in the early detection and intervention of children with autism and how these interventions affect the child's development. After graduating, Alexis hopes to attend medical school so that she can one day work as a physician to provide better healthcare to individuals with special needs in rural communities around the world.


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