The primary aim of the Harrop Lab (Early Development in Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is to understand how development varies across neurodevelopmental disorders. We work with infants through to adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, focusing heavily on birth to 8 years. Our goal is to understand the factors that impact development using behavioral, physiological, electrophysiological and clinical approaches. A large focus of our work is to understand the factors that contribute to delayed and missed diagnosis in autistic females and characterizing their developmental trajectories. Our mission is to inform sex and gender sensitive screening, diagnosis, and treatment protocols that better support the needs of autistic females and other under-represented minorities.
The Harrop Lab is led by Dr. Clare Harrop, Assistant Professor and Developmental Psychologist in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Trainees in lab span a number of disciplines, including Occupational Science, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Women and Gender Studies. The Harrop Lab collaborates widely across the UNC Campus, with active projects with investigators and faculty at UNCTEACCH, the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Psychiatry, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Harrop Lab is seeking a postdoctoral research associate as part of a recently funded NICHD-R01 study. The goal of the study is to study sex-specific trajectories in early childhood in autism. The project, led by Dr. Clare Harrop, is a multisite collaboration between UNC Chapel Hill, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Children's National Hospital.
The postdoctoral associate will be part of the multidisciplinary team conducting longitudinal and multimodal assessments with 4 to 10 year olds with and without autism. The postdoc is expected to take leadership on specific areas of the protocol, including developing additional research questions and funding applications. Opportunities for supervised clinical experiences necessary for licensure are available if applicable.
Education and Experience:
While candidates from backgrounds in a variety of disciplines (e.g., clinical, school, or developmental psychology, education) are encouraged to apply, due to study requirements preference will be given to candidates progressing towards clinical licensure.
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