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Job and Research Openings

Updated: Mar 1

Below you will find openings for positions, research studies, etc., submitted by our community members. If you are a member and would like to post here, please send us an email at

POSTED 3/1/24:

POSTED 10/13/23: Paid research opportunity for autistic children with speech and/or communication differences at UCSF

We are currently recruiting participants with autism ages 8-16 with speech and/or spoken communication differences. Participants will be compensated $400 for completion of all study procedures, which include diagnostic screening, neuropsychological evaluation, and MEG and MRI scans. For more information, please contact

POSTED 9/18/23:


PRONTO Lab: Program for Research On Neurodevelopmental & Translational Outcomes

Study physician: Dr. Tomoya Hirota from Department of Psychiatry

Please contact or for more information and to see if you qualify to enter the study. Phone: 415-476-7853

CBD study: 12 weeks of study medication (cannabidiol (Epidyolex) or placebo) for ages 6-17 to evaluate change in symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Assessment for the diagnosis of autism and to assess the severity of autism

  • 3 clinic visits to UCSF and 7 telephone visits

  • There will be blood draws and ECG

  • Exclusion criteria: ADHD or other diagnosis that dominates the clinical presentation


IRIS study: 16 weeks trial of study medication or placebo for ages 18-45 to improve social communication in Autism (with OPTION to 1 year of study extension)

  • Clinic visits to UCSF and assessment for diagnosis of autism

  • Exclusion criteria:history of seizures, certain medications (SSRIs).

  • There will be blood draws and ECG



POSTED 6/25/23: Autism and Trauma Research

Dear BAAC Community,

My name is Jessica Chelsky, MA, and I am currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I am conducting a study on the experience of considering trauma during psychotherapy with child clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study will address clinicians' current assessment and treatment considerations regarding trauma with a vulnerable population. The study will consist of a 60-90 minute individual interview over the HIPPA compliant version of Zoom. As a thank you, participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card after completing the interview.

To be eligible for this study you:

  • Must have provided psychotherapy within the past 10 years to at least one child client under the age of 13 who had a professional diagnosis of ASD and had experienced a traumatic event(s)

  • Must have been licensed while providing psychotherapy with this client

  • Have access to reliable internet for a 60-90 minute Zoom interview

Benefits of your participation:

  • Each participant will receive a $20 Amazon gift card after completing the interview

  • Be a part of important research exploring trauma-focused care for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

If you, or someone you may know, may be interested in participating in this study, please reach out to Please forward this information to those who you feel may be interested and qualify for this study.

This dissertation project is chaired by Anita Barrows, PhD. who may be reached at if you have any questions or concerns.


Jessica Chelsky, M.A.

Doctoral Student, Psy.D.

The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

POSTED 5/6/23: Working Group for Center for Sleep in Autism at Stanford

Stanford University was recently awarded as one of the ten Autism Centers of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health. Our group will focus on sleep and autism. Part of our new center is to create a partnership between community stakeholders and our research team.

Accordingly, we are recruiting working group members for this Community-Academic Partnership (CAP) which will develop toolkits on “Sleep and Autism” for the community. Please see below for more information about CAP in the flier.

Are you an autistic individual, a family member of an autistic individual, a provider for autistic people? If the answer is yes and you are interested in joining the working group, please fill out the interest form via this link. Please also consider forwarding the following flier to your network as you see appropriate.

POSTED 2/6/23: UCSF Speech, Voice and Communication Study

The UCSF Speech, Voice and Communication study is currently recruiting pediatric participants ages 8-16 with autism or with typical neurodevelopment to examine

communication in children. Participants will be compensated $400 in cash for completion of all study procedures, which include diagnostic screening, neuropsychological evaluation, and MEG and MRI scans.

For more information, please visit our website or contact us at

POSTED 1/24/23: Stanford Autism Center - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Stanford University’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program is seeking a new Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator to perform administrative support duties related to the collection and analysis of clinical data from children and adolescents with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, this position will involve the coordination of clinical trials that utilize non-invasive neuroimaging measures like MRI and EEG to develop biomarkers for precision psychiatry.

This position coordinates all aspects of our clinical research including recruitment, accurate data management and entry, collection of blood or saliva samples, collection and analysis MRI and EEG data, and work with regulatory agencies including the IRB and FDA. Previous experience obtaining MRI or EEG scans, coding to process complex neuroimaging data, coordinating medication or other clinical trials, and working with children with autism spectrum disorder is highly desirable. This position requires working some evening, night and/or weekend shifts in order to obtain MRI and EEG scans from research participants after school or while they are sleeping.

Contact John Hegarty at with any questions

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