Prospective Students

The Family Experiences Lab is seeking undergraduate (volunteer and course credit), masters, and doctoral students to join our research team. We also have postdoctoral opportunities available.

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Family Experience Lab has an open postdoctoral position! The primary responsibilities of this position will be to assist with manuscript preparation and the management of ongoing studies, with opportunities for independent data collection and mentored grant writing. Please contact Dr. Klusek directly for more information.

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Graduate Students

We are recruiting graduate students who are interested in neurodevelopmental disabilities research! Doctoral students working with Dr. Klusek will receive a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is an interdisciplinary field that intersects with disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, public health, and social work. Doctoral students will receive research training in a number of specialized areas that may include: fragile X syndrome, autism, the fragile X premutation, the broad autism phenotype, pragmatic language, social-communication, cognitive-linguistic markers of aging, and physiological arousal regulation. For more information about completing a doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, contact Dr. Klusek.

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Undergraduate Students

We offer opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in research, either through volunteer work or course credit. We also work with motivated students who wish to complete Senior Honors Theses or apply for mentored student research awards, such as the USC Exploration Scholars Research Award or the USC Magellan Scholars Award. Students interested in this opportunity must be able to commit to the lab for 2 semesters. If you are interested in being considered for an undergraduate research assistantship, please return this application to Dr. Klusek at

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