People

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James McPartlandis an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders at Yale and 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 offers an undergraduate seminar focused on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the brain bases of neurodevelopmental disabilities to develop biologically-based tools for detection and treatment. His research is supported by NIMH, NARSAD, the Autism Science Foundation, the Waterloo Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Patterson Trust, and the Simons Foundation, and 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, the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award, the Patterson Trust Clinical Research Award, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Klerman Prize, and the American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award. Dr. McPartland has published 4 books and over 70 scholarly works on autism and related topics. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disability and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is currently the Treasurer of the International Society for Autism Research.

Download Dr. McPartland’s curriculum vitae. 


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Adam Naples is an associate research scientist. 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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Jen Foss-Feig is a postdoctoral associate. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2013 and completed her predoctoral internship and clinical postdoctoral fellowship here at the Child Study Center. Jen’s work to date has focused on examining basic sensory processing and brain functioning in individuals with ASD. She is now working jointly in the McPartland lab and Dr. Alan Anticevic's lab in the Yale Psychiatry Department, conducting cross-diagnostic research in adults with ASD and early-course schizophrenia.



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Hannah Reuman is 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 and a concentration in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she studied the effects of maternal deprivation on prosocial behavior in rats. Last year with the McPartland lab she investigated neural correlates of empathy in adults with ASD. She is currently studying neurological and behavioral response to social stimuli across adults with ASD and adults with schizophrenia (SZ).


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Karen Law is a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience. Karen graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a B.A., double-majoring in Psychology and Genetics. As an undergraduate, she worked in the New Jersey Language and Autism Genetics Study (NJLAGS), studying autism diagnostic measures and studying autism candidate genes using genotyping arrays and analyzing whole-genome sequencing data. Karen is studying social information processing using the integration of eye-tracking and EEG. In the future, Karen hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.



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Marianna Ruiz Loria is an masters student completing a collaborative UCL-Yale degree in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology. She is currently studying the association between both autistic and schizophrenic traits and a basic, low-level automatic mechanism related to sensorimotor coordination. Marianna aims to specialize in education programs for children diagnosed with autism. 




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Max Rolison is an undergraduate student at Yale University, pursuing a degree in the Neuroscience track in Psychology. He has worked for the Autism Science Foundation since its founding in 2009.  Max serves as a senior advisor to Students for Autism Awareness at Yale (SAAY). Max developed and launched SAAY's program working with New Haven High School students with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Max is currently using dual EEG to study the neural mechanisms of live social interaction in ASD.


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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 studying the long term effects of childhood institutionalization. Outside of the lab, Deanna is a Freshman Counselor for Branford College, a member of the Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association, and enjoys participating in Intramural sports.


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Timothy Kim is an undergraduate student at Yale University working towards a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with a concentration in Neurobiology. He has previously worked in a child autism lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
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Hannah Samson is an undergraduate student at Yale University. She is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. She has worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami. Hannah is the President of Students for Autism Awareness at Yale. 



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Daniela Czemerinski is an undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree at Yale University. She has worked compiling data for the Yale Baby Siblings project through the Child Study Center. Daniela is the Outreach Director of Students for Autism Awareness at Yale.



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Zack Williams is an undergraduate at Yale pursuing a degree in neuroscience with eventual plans to go to medical school. His research interests involve the mind-brain connection and neural correlates of psychiatric disorders. Outside of the lab, Zack is an active member of the Yale Political Union’s Party of the Left as well as the Davenport College Council.



Alumni

Celeste Cheung, Ph.D.2008-2009Post-doctoral Fellow, University of London
Benjamin Aaronson2009-2010Ph.D. Student in Educational Psychology, University of Washington
Emily Kilroy2009-2010Ph.D. Student in Occupational Science, University of Southern California
Michaela Viktorinova2010-2011Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Prague Psychiatric Center, Czech Republic
Danielle Perszyk2009-2011Ph.D. Candidate in Cognitive Psychology, Northwestern University
Alyssa Nguyen-Phuc2010-2011Medical Student, University of Pennsylvania
Anthony Cox2011-2012Applying for graduate school in Neuroscience, 2014
Aishani Desai2012-2013Clinical Research Assistant, Neuropsychology Department, KEM Hospital, India
Marika Coffman2011-2013Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Cora Mukerji2010-2013Ph.D. student in Clinical Science, Harvard University
Peter Hashim2012-2013Plastic Surgery Resident, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Rachael Tillman2012-2014Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland - College Park
Leah Latterner2013-2014Clinical Research Assistant, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Amy Dominguez2013-2014Research Assistant, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment
Giulia Righi2011-2014Clinical Psychology Resident, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Celine Cuevas2012-2013Undergraduate Student, Yale University
Virginia Carter Leno2013-2014Ph.D. student, Kings College London