Post-Doctoral Associates and Fellows

So Hyun "Sophy" Kim

So Hyun "Sophy" Kim, Post-Doctoral Associate

So Hyun "Sophy" Kim, Ph.D., is a Post-doctoral Associate at the Yale Child Study Center. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Lord. She also completed her clinical internship at the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC) and the University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and other developmental disorders. Her past research focused on developing and refining diagnostic and language measures for young children with ASD and other communication disorders.  Her current research focuses on identifying early autism phenotypes and monitoring developmental changes in infants and toddlers with ASD.

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Nita Vaswani, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow

Dr. Nita Vaswani graduated cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences. She then earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in pediatrics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  While in residency, she led workshops for 45 pediatric residents on the topics of medication safety and prevention of prescribing errors with statistical analysis of pre and post-workshop performance. Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Vaswani received the “Resident of the Year” award from the attending physicians and received the “Senior Resident of the Year” award from the resident physicians. Dr. Vaswani began her fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in July of 2012. Her research focus is temperament characteristics in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Her goal is to broaden the understanding of the relationship of temperament in high-risk siblings to a later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay.

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Emily Prince, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow  

Emily Prince graduated summa cum laude from Sweet Briar College with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in biology.  While at Sweet Briar, she conducted research in the Animal Learning Laboratory with Dr. Dan Gottlieb, and was second author on a paper examining the extinction of learned behaviors over time.  She also received a summer fellowship from the BRAIN program in Atlanta where she conducted research on reward processing in the brain.  Prior to her time at Yale, she worked extensively with kids on the autism spectrum, with ages ranging from early childhood to adolescence.  As a pre-doctoral fellow at the Child Study Center, she assists in research examining the diagnosis of infants and toddlers on the autism spectrum, and how they attend to social stimuli.

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Sharlene Lansiquot, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow  

Sharlene graduated in 2013 from New York University with a B.A. (Honors) in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. While at NYU, she worked as a research assistant in several different labs and was a member of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates. She worked as a research extern at NYU’s Family Translational Research Group and worked in Dr. Ali’s lab, using  the PhotoCLUB intervention- a manualized, therapeutic digital photography-based approach which can help empower children and adolescents in domestic-violence shelters and from disadvantaged urban areas. She was also a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Doucet at NYU, where she was trained in research that will broaden our knowledge-base of Haitian children and families in Haiti. She has experience working with children with a variety of developmental and psychiatric disorders.

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Lilli Flink, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Lilli Flink graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a B.A. in Psychology and magna cum laude from the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) with a B.A. in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation. During her time at Barnard and JTS, she was a student teacher at the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, where she conducted a year-long senior research experiment under the instruction of Dr. Tovah Klein and Dr. Jeanette Sawyer Cohen. She worked as an intern at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, facilitating play therapy groups as part of an ongoing social skills study. She spent many summers at camp working with high-functioning adolescents on the autism spectrum. During her post-baccalaureate fellowship at the Child Study Center, she hopes to contribute to the understanding of autism by assisting in the research of infants and toddler’s diagnoses and social development.