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Join The Lab


Please note that we are not taking new volunteers at this time. If you have any questions, please email us at

If you are interested in research on autism and developmental disorders, we would love to hear from you. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience while contributing to research. Volunteers assist with a variety of duties and functions in the lab, such as interacting with participants, running experiments, conducting literature searches, and entering data.

In order to start the application process, please send your CV and a cover letter describing why you are interested in working in the lab, your future goals, and what you hope to gain from this position. Please also include a short paragraph summarizing your knowledge about autism. If you are or were a student at a post-secondary institution, we also require a copy of your transcript; an unofficial transcript is acceptable. Once you have emailed your CV, cover letter, and transcripts to, we will review you application. If we believe you will be a good fit as a volunteer research assistant with the ADDL and we have the need for additional volunteers, we may invite you for an interview. Most successful volunteers have a CGPA of 3.0 and make a commitment for at least two semesters.

Research Engagement Course - PSYC 393 (1, 2, or 3 units)

Students at SFU who are interesting in taking the PSYC 393 Research Engagement Course supervised by Dr. Grace Iarocci should contact Dr. Iarocci prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll. Identify if you have taken any courses with her in the past and whether you are interested in the course worth 1, 2, or 3 units. Please also send your CV/resume, your SFU unofficial transcript, and a cover letter describing your previous research experience abd why you are interested in this course. Ensure that you meet the requirements of the Research Engagement course, found here.

Directed Studies and Honours Students

Students at SFU who are interested in completing a Directed Studies course with Dr. Iarocci should inquire about first becoming a volunteer with the ADDL. It is preferred that Dr. Iarocci has sufficient time to supervise an individual prior to accepting them for a Directed Studies course. SFU students are also encouraged (but not required) to take PSYC 359 - Developmental Disabilities. Please ensure that you meet all of the requirements of the Directed Studies course, found here

If you are interested in applying for the Honours program at SFU with Dr. Iarocci, please be aware that Dr. Iarocci's Honours students are typically required to have volunteered at least 60 hours in the ADDL or have completed a Directed Studies course supervised by Dr. Iarocci. This enables the student to engage in the research that is conducted by the ADDL and to assist in the administration and data collection for the study of interest. Prospective Honours students are encouraged to apply to be a volunteer at least one semester prior to the Honours application deadline (i.e., Spring semester prior to the Summer semester deadline), preferably earlier if possible. Please ensure that you meet the requirements for Psychology Honours program, found here.

Graduate Students

Dr. Iarocci is a member of the Developmental Area and the Clinical Science Area. She is most interested in supervising students who wish to pursue a research related career. Dr. Iarocci will be accepting new students for the upcoming year. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Iarocci welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows. There are many agencies that provide funding for specializations in autism. For more information on funding sources and training opportunities please see the Autism Research Training (ART) Program and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Please contact Dr. Iarocci ( to discuss your interest in a Postdoctoral position at the ADDL.