Physical Therapy, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit


The Infant Communication Lab studies the nature and development of the relationship between motor activity, postural stability, communication, and language in infants with or at elevated likelihood of neurodevelopmental disabilities and infants with no such likelihood. Current projects focus on three major topics: a) how changes in motor activity, postural stability, and the onset of independent locomotion (crawling, walking) relate to advances in other developmental domains; b) how communication, gesture, and language develop over time in infants; and c) how caregivers’ communication with infants changes over time.

Undergraduate research assistants may participate in:
• Participant recruitment and screening
• Videorecording observations of infant and toddler participants
• Developmental and language assessments
• Coding of infant motor, exploration, and communication behaviors from video using a computer-based observation system
• Language transcription
• Database management

There will be opportunities to work with infants, toddlers, and families, and infants with neurodevelopmental differences. The ideal applicant will be interested in a longer-term (multiple semesters) position and will work well independently. Because of the time and energy investment from our staff to train a new RA, all undergraduate RAs must make a two-semester commitment (either volunteering or for course credit) for at least 8 hrs/week. After the initial semesters, there may be additional opportunity to transition to a paid RA position. Undergraduate students are also eligible for honors thesis and/or senior projects in the lab.

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