Join The Lab

Our work wouldn't be possible without the contribution of the outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and staff members who are part of the Infant Communication Lab. Each member of the lab brings a unique set of skills and interests, and we work as a team to ensure that our research is of the highest quality. We also have lots of fun! We are looking for bright, committed individuals to join us.


ICL Mission and Values

At the Infant Communication Lab, we investigate motor, social, and communication development in children who do vs. do not have an older sibling on the autism spectrum. With dedication, creativity and collaboration, we seek to advance knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorders. We foster a learning environment where communication, responsibility, positive attitudes, and quality are the pillars of our work. We strive to conduct ourselves with integrity and respect, and we are thankful for the family participants who make our research possible. We envision a world where the pursuit of knowledge is endless, and where individuals with ASD and their families have the support that they need.

The following values serve as guiding principles for our work in society, with our research participants, and with one another:









Join the Lab as a Graduate Student.

We welcome applications from outstanding students who are dedicated to research and to learning more about motor and communicative development in infants and toddlers. Please consult the University of Pittsburgh Psychology Department web page for instructions on how to apply, and feel free to let Dr. Jana Iverson know that you are interested in applying.

Join the Lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.

Undergraduate students can become involved in the lab in a variety of different ways. Eligible students can earn course credit by signing up for Directed Research in Psychology or Communication Sciences & Disorders. Interested students should contact Dr. Jana Iverson for more information. We also hire undergraduate work study students and can sometimes hire undergraduate student employees on an hourly basis.


  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Able to dedicate 10 hours per week for two semesters
  • Have at least one 4-hour block of time available per week
  • Comfortable with and interested in working with families and young infants
  • Dependability, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Good computer skills (familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access)
  • Willingness to learn new tasks
  • Have or obtain Act 33 (PA Child Abuse), Act 34 (PA Criminal Record) and Act 73 (FBI Background) clearances

  • Application

    If you would like to apply as an undergraduate research assistant please fill out the application provided here and email our Project Coordinator Kaitlyn Cortez to let them know you have submitted an application.

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