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James McPartland is Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic, and Associate Director of the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received his doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships specializing in autism and related disorders at the Child Study Center and is a licensed child psychologist. His contributions to the field have been recognized by the University of Washington’s Bolles and Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowships, a Clinical and Translational Sciences Scholar Award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, a Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition and a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the NARSAD Atherton Young Investigator Award, and the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award. 

Download Dr. McPartland’s curriculum vitae. 


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Adam Naples is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009. Adam’s work focuses on the early time course of brain and behavioral activity during social interaction. Currently, Adam is conducting research involving brain response to gaze contingent interactive computer generated expressive faces. This work will assist in elucidating the social communicative phenotype in autism spectrum disorders.


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Giulia Righi received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from Brown University in the summer of 2009 working with Drs. Sheila Blumstein and Michael Tarr. In graduate school, she used a cognitive neuroscience perspective to study face processing and executive function in adults. Successively, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston under the supervision of Dr. Charles Nelson. As a post-doc, she worked with typically developing infants and infants at risk for autism with the goal of understanding the development of face and language processing during the first year of life. In the summer of 2011, she began a Clinical Psychology Respecialization program to integrate her research background with clinical work. At present she is a clinical trainee. Her clinical and research interests are focused on developmental disabilities.


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Rachael Tillmanis a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience. Rachael graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Writing Seminars. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at Kennedy Krieger Institute focusing on brain-behavior relationships in pediatric anxiety disorders. Currently, she is studying the neural processes underlying the effects of oxytocin on social perception and brain response changes pre- and post- social skills intervention in children with ASD. Rachael hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.



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Hannah Reumanis a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience. She graduated with honors from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior. As an undergraduate, she studied the effects of a ketogenic diet in the BTBR mouse model of autism. Hannah is now studying biological motion perception and audio-visual integration in infants and toddlers at high and low risk for ASD. Hannah hopes to pursue a M.D., with a special interest in child and adolescent psychiatry.


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Emily Levy is a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience. She graduated with honors from Williams College with a BA in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she designed and implemented a paradigm to study the effects of maternal deprivation on prosocial behavior in rats.  Now, she is studying the neural correlates of empathy in adults with ASD.


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Virginia Carter Leno is a masters student completing a collaborative UCL-Yale degree in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology. She is currently studying the association between both autistic and psychopathic traits and neural sensitivity to different types of feedback. Virginia aims to complete a Ph.D. focused on individuals with ASD and severe maladaptive behavior.



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Max Rolison is an undergraduate student at Yale University. He is working towards a degree in the Neuroscience track in Psychology. He has worked for the Autism Science Foundation since its founding in 2009. Max is the president of the undergraduate organization Yale for Autism Awareness.


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Leah Latterner is an undergraduate at Yale University working toward degrees in Psychology and Music. She has been involved in directed research at the lab and is currently conducting her senior thesis on the influence of social context on joint action and sensorimotor synchronization. Outside of the lab, Leah volunteers at a mental health facility, is Outreach Chair of the Yale Glee Club, and enjoys composing and playing flute and piano.


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Amy Dominguez is an undergraduate student at Yale University, working towards a degree in Psychology. She is currently involved in directed research in the McPartland Lab. Outside of the lab, Amy runs a camp for children whose parents are affected by cancer, organizes international internships for Yale students, and is a member of the Yale Women's Club Soccer Team.



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Celine Cuevas is an undergraduate student at Yale University, working towards a degree in biomedical engineering. She received a research stipend to work in the McPartland lab this past summer through the freshman course Perspectives in Science & Engineering, and is continuing her project on EEG gamma coherence in face processing. Outside of the lab, Celine is a Production & Design editor for the Yale Daily News, social chair of the LGBTQ Co-Op and a peer counselor for the Queer Resource Center.


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Deanna Palenzuela is an undergraduate student at Yale University working towards a degree in the Neuroscience track in Psychology. She is currently involved in directed research in the McPartland Lab. Outside of the lab, Deanna is a Peer Liaison for La Casa Cultural Center, Secretary of the Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association, and a member of the Yale College Council Mental Health Committee.