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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 Scholar in the Child Study Center

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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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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Shou-An Ariel Chang

Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials Data Acquisition and Analytics Research Fellow

Postgraduate Associate

Ariel Chang graduated from the University of Chicago in 2015, where she majored in psychology and minored in romance languages and literatures. As a member of the Data Analytics and Acquisition Core on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials, she analyzes EEG and eye tracking data to work towards identifying more objective measures of social functioning. In the future, she hopes to continue clinical neuroscience research in clinical psychology graduate school.

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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

Research Clinician

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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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.

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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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Sabrina Malak

Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials Research Fellow

Postgraduate Associate in the Child Study Center


Sabrina graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked at the Child Study Center with Dr. Linda Mayes and Dr. Helena Rutherford examining emotion regulation and neural response to infant cues in mothers. In the McPartland lab, she works on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials project collecting EEG, eye tracking, and clinical assessment data in children with ASD. She hopes to pursue child clinical research...

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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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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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Laura Morett

Posdoctoral Associate

Laura holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Broadly, she is interested in the psychology and neurobiology of language, with a specific interest in gesture-speech integration. As a Hilibrand Fellow in the McPartland lab, Laura is researching real time gesture-speech integration and its neural bases in adolescents and adults with ASD.

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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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Max Jacob Rolison

Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience

Postgraduate Associate in the Child Study Center

Max Rolison is a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience in the McPartland Lab at the Yale Child Study Center. He received a B.S. in Psychology with distinction from Yale University in 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. James McPartland and Dr. Adam Naples, he uses EEG to study neural processes during live social interaction. He is the recipient of an Autism Science Foundation undergraduate research grant. As an undergraduate, Max developed a peer-facilitated social program for students...

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Kayla Stinson

Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials Research Fellow

Postgraduate Associate

Kayla graduated from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Education. Before joining the McPartland Lab, she worked as Behavioral Instructor where she used the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis to teach novel skills to children with autism. As an instructor, she learned a host of teaching and behavior management techniques to increase independence within academic, social and adaptive skills. In the lab, she uses this skill set to...

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Julie A Trapani

Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials Research Fellow

Postgraduate Associate in the Child Study Center

Julie graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology. Her research interests lie in the development of language and learning in clinical populations, with particular attention to the role one’s social world plays in this context. During her undergraduate studies, Julie worked with Dr. Christopher Conway at Georgia State University on projects investigating the role of sequential learning on language development and learning. After graduation, Julie worked with Dr....

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Hannah Rose Tyson

Postgraduate Fellow

Hannah graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from Northumbria University in 2014, where she received first class honours for her thesis on the role of attachment style and anthropomorphism in hoarding tendencies. Currently, Hannah is undertaking a Masters in Research in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, run jointly between University College London and Yale University.

As part of the MRes programme, Hannah is a visiting researcher within the McPartland Lab,...

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