Undergraduate

Bal, Vanessa

Autism Spectrum Disorder is often perceived as a childhood disorder. However, most autistic individuals experience challenges in adult life and maintaining engagement in their communities across multiple domains, including navigating postsecondary education, obtaining and sustaining employment, engaging in desired relationships and accessing services to help them achieve positive quality of life. On the other hand, autistic adults exhibit a range of strengths and positive attributes. Unfortunately, research on autism in adulthood is limited across the board, with very few studies focusing on strengths.

The Lifespan Symptom Profiles, Achievements & Needs in Autism Spectrum Disorder (LifeSPAN ASD) Lab focuses on advancing understanding of autism in adulthood. Projects focus on understanding strengths and challenges and factors that affect outcomes across the lifespan.

Students must commit a minimum of 2 semesters. Rising sophomore and juniors are encouraged to apply, as we find that ongoing experiences can provide opportunities for more in-depth learning. Post-baccalaureates seeking to do research in year(s) before starting graduate school are welcome to apply.  

Required skills include dependability, flexibility to work independently and in small teams, attention to detail, and motivation to engage in a clinical research lab at multiple levels.

For more information, visit: https://gsapp.rutgers.edu/lifespanasdlab

Interested students should follow instructions under the "Training" tab