Grant: $263,510 - National Institutes of Health - Sep. 23, 2009
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Award Description: The project will: 1. Develop a parent-delivered intervention for 6-11 month olds, defined in treatment manuals and fidelity measures that targets general delays and the six target symptoms just listed; 2. Determine frequencies and characteristics of the 6 target symptoms in typical infants 6-11 months of age from research reviews and from an observational study from existing data in our current autism infant sibling study; 3. Examine treatment efficacy for 8 symptomatic infant siblings ages 6-11 months and their parents in a multiple baseline across subjects and across behaviors design; 4. Publish efficacy data and prepare a larger grant submission for a controlled group study.
Project Description: Project has not started yet.
Jobs Summary: The principal investigator (PI) will be responsible for all scientific, administrative, and financial aspects of the study. She will design and pilot the treatment protocols for parent-infant coaching sessions and will share with the co-PI the responsibility for writing the treatment manuals and the fidelity measures and will provide reliability checks on treatment fidelity and coding as needed. She will be responsible for writing progress reports, overseeing the data analysis, and writing up the results for publication. The co-PI on the project and will work with the PI on all aspects of the study. The co-PI will be responsible for coordinating the day to day operation of the project, conducting the parent-infant coaching sessions, supervising the research assistant, grad student and student volunteers who will gather and code data. She will be responsible for carrying out the multiple baseline protocols, and designing and monitoring procedural fidelity for all aspects of the study. The co-PI will also join with the PI to design and implement the pilot treatments with the parent-infant dyads and writing up the treatment manuals, and she will serve as the primary interventionist on the study. The co-PI will work with the PI to write progress reports and research papers from the data. A member of the research team will be responsible for two aspects of the project: (1) identifying infant siblings with risk features of ASD and referring them to this project for treatment, and (2) overseeing the 12 month standardized assessments of the infants and coordinating the data between the infant sib project, from which they will be referred and evaluated, and the present treatment project . In her role as the P.I.of the Infant sibling project, she is in a unique position to identify and follow these infants, and she has also developed great expertise in earliest signs of autism in infancy. Finally, she will join the PIs in planning and writing papers related to the present project. There will also be a developmental psychologist with specialized training in analysis of mother-infant interactions, in both primate and human dyads. She will coordinate the work involving video analysis of the target behavioral variables as seen in typical infant behavior at 6, 9, and 12, months. She will participate in the development of coding systems, organize and train the coding team, and manage this aspect of the study. She will work with the PI and co-PI on data analysis and research papers. There will be a developmental psychologist with particular expertise in research design, database management, and longitudinal analysis. He will provide database design for the study, will provide all data reports to the PI, and will conduct all the data analyses for the project. He will be involved in writing progress reports and scientific papers. Junior Specialist: The individual in this position will be responsible for assisting the PI and the co-PI to conduct a new two year early intervention study for infants who are showing symptoms of autism, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The person in this position will work under the PIs to carry out the various tasks related to the project, including participant and examiner scheduling, session recording, data coding, data entry and management, and management of subject files. Student volunteers. Student volunteers in our lab will be involved in this project primarily to set up treatment rooms and sterilize toys, operate cameras, enter data into the data base, and carry out video coding. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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