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Katya Villarreal graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a double major in Psychology in December 2016. While at Emory she was a research assistant at the Marcus Autism Center for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. During this internship, she designed and carried out an independent research study under the supervision of Dr. Keith Easterling to examine the effectiveness, success rate, and efficacy of a widely used language protocol. Additionally, she aided the implementation of the Spanish Speaking Community Autism Program, allowing dozens of families to receive home based parent training. Her research interest focuses on the early detection of ASD in under-resourced populations in Spanish speaking countries. She is currently a research fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Early Social Cognition Program.