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James C McPartland, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychology

Associate Director, Developmental Electrophysiology Lab

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center

Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic

James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He is a licensed child psychologist and Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Child Study Center and teaches an undergraduate seminar on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the brain bases of neurodevelopmental disabilities to develop biologically-based tools for detection...

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Adam John Naples, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Adam Naples, PhD, is Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. As a researcher at Yale he has co-authored papers on autism, reading disability and genetics and developed novel experimental methods for studying brain activity during live and simulated social interactions. Dr. Naples received his A.B from Cornell University, his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University, and post-doctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center. He has also been active...

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Brianna Lewis, PhD

Clinician

Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Brianna Lewis is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center. She earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University with a focus on childhood prevention science and practice in school and community contexts.  She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University, where she studied early behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and behavioral screening measures used to identify ASD under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel...

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Julie M Wolf, PhD

Clinician in and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center

Dr. Julie Wolf is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2005, where she studied facial recognition in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Fein. She completed her clinical internship, including a rotation in autism spectrum disorders, at the University of Chicago, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study...

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Nicole R Wright

Lab Manager

Nicole is the Lab Manager for the McPartland Lab. She has been working at the Yale Child Study Center for many years as both a researcher and administrator. She obtained her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut, as well as dual certifications in both Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics. She completed her internships at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena, MT before coming to Yale and working with Dr. Matthew State, MD, PhD. There she was an essential part...

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Melody R Altschuler

Postgraduate Associate

Melody Altschuler graduated from Bates College in 2017 with a B.A. in psychology and minor in anthropology. For her honors thesis, she researched social cognition in school-aged children with autism under the supervision of Dr. Susan Faja at Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience in the Yale Child Study Center. After her time as a Fellow in the McPartland lab, Melody plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. 

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Talena Day

Postgraduate Associate

Talena graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a bachelor's in neuroscience and minor in public health. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg at the Center for Autism Research Excellence characterizing minimally verbal individuals with autism. Currently, she works with children and adults with typical development, autism, and schizophrenia. She hopes to continue biomarker research in graduate school to inform the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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Kimberly Ellison, MS

Clinician

Kimberly Ellison is a research clinician at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. She received her M.S in Clinical Psychology as well as an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015, where she studied the incremental validity of the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) teacher profiles for individuals with DSM-5 ASD under the mentorship of Dr. Myra Beth Bundy.

Presently, she works in the McPartland...

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Taylor Anne Halligan

Postgraduate Associate

Taylor graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with a bachelor's in Child Development. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Amy Needham at the Infant Learning Lab exploring the development of infant's reaching and grasping behaviors. As a team member of the Collaborative Implementation Site on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials, she collects EEG, eye tracking, and clinical assessment data to investigate their utility as potential biomarkers for autism. She hopes to...

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Ester Hamo

Postgraduate Associate

Estee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Denver in 2017. Before joining the lab, Estee worked in the Child Health and Development Lab at DU studying the physiological and psychological effects of stress among infants at higher risk. Additionally, she volunteered at Adam's Camp, an intensive therapy camp for kids with special needs. Her research interests include identifying biomarkers and predictive factors in autism for clinical applications, prenatal...

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Simone Hasselmo

Postgraduate Associate

Simone graduated from Harvard College in 2016, where she received an A.B. in integrative biology. Her undergraduate thesis, which used diffusion tensor imaging to examine relationships between social functioning and white matter microstructural variation in typically developing children, was advised by Dr. Charles Nelson of Boston Children's Hospital and received the Thomas T. Hoopes prize. She now works on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials' Data Analytics and Acquisition...

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Scott Luther James Jackson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Scott is a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Fred Volkmar, M.D., and James McPartland, Ph.D. with a focus on ASD in adolescence and adulthood. He received Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2006. Between his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Scott worked in San Diego, CA as a behavioral therapist with children and adolescence with ASD. He completed his Masters (M.Res. Psychology, 2010) and doctoral degrees (Ph.D....

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Elzbieta Jarzabek, PsyD

Clinician

Licensed Psychologist in the Child Study Center

Elzbieta Jarzabek, Psy.D., is a Clinician and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Browning. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine through the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA.

Currently, Dr. Jarzabek provides...

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Monique Lashawn Ledbetter

Senior Administrative Assistant

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Erin S MacDonnell

Research Intake Coordinator, Autism Program

Erin MacDonnell is the Intake Coordinator for the School-Aged Research
Projects within the Autism Program. She is the liaison between families
and clinicians and her responsibilities include screening families to
determine their eligibility and then coordinating their visit to the
center. She received her B.A. in English and Communications from
Eastern Connecticut State University. Before joining the Yale Child
Study Center in 2009, Erin worked at Yale in the Psychology department
for 4 years.

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Takumi McAllister

Programmer

Takumi has a bachelor’s in Computer Science, and helps the team share and make sense of all the data we gather. He has programmed video games, and makes chain mail in his spare time.

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Morgan McNair

Postgraduate Associate

Morgan graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a minor in Music. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Donald Rainnie at Yerkes Primate National Research Center investigating early-life communicative developmental differences in ultrasonic vocalizations in a rat model of ASD. Additionally, she volunteered in the Language & Learning Clinic at Marcus Autism Center and with the myLIFE program at the Emory Autism Center. In...

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Kathryn McNaughton

Postgraduate Associate

Kathryn McNaughton graduated from Williams College, where she received the Patricia Goldman-Rakic Prize in Neuroscience for her research on the influence of the immune system on learning and memory. At the McPartland Lab, she works with individuals with autism, schizophrenia, and typical development to examine neural processing of social information.

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Belmana Ponjevic, LMSW

Study Coordinator

Belmana graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health in 2014. She then went to earn her Master of Social Work degree in 2016. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and currently works as the Study Coordinator in Dr. James McPartland's lab on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials study. She completes intake evaluations, which address medical, social-emotional, behavioral, cognitive and diagnostic aspects. She provides care...

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Chelsea Morgan Slater

Postgraduate Fellow

Chelsea is a 5th year Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. She received her B.A. in History and Psychology from Fordham University in 2009, and her Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology in 2010 from Harvard University. Her clinical interests are in the assessment of ASD; her research interests are focused on earlier and more accurate diagnosis of ASD.

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Dylan Stahl

Postgraduate Associate

Dylan Stahl graduated from Knox College in 2017 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. For his honors thesis, he studied differences in social decision making between men and women with Borderline Personality Disorder. He was advised by Dr. Judith Thorn of Knox College and Dr. Sarah Fineberg of Yale. He works on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials' Data Analytics and Acquisition Core analyzing EEG and eye-tracking data.

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Tatiana Winkelman

Postgraduate Associate

Tatiana Winkelman graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate, she worked in the McPartland lab at the Child Study Center for two years, ultimately writing her thesis on resting state EEG signatures of sleep disturbances in children and adolescents with ASD. She currently works as a Sara S. Sparrow fellow, using EEG and eye-tracking to determine biomarkers of ASD and develop better diagnostic tools. After her time as a...

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