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James 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 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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Julie Wolf, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Child Psychology

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

Research Associate 2, HSS

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 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi 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 McPartland lab. After her time at Yale Child Study Center, Melody plans to attend graduate school for...

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Armen Bagdasarov

Postgraduate Associate

Armen Bagdasarov graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in Russian studies. As an undergraduate, Armen worked at the Center for Autism Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, under supervision of Drs. Ashley de Marchena and Robert Schultz, investigating co-speech hand gestures in children and adults with autism. Armen received the Morris Viteles Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his honors thesis, which...

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Carter Carlos

Postgraduate Associate

Carter Carlos graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Biomedical Physics. Carter spent three summers as an engineering intern for EP Technologies, LLC in Akron, Ohio where he assisted a small team of scientists investigate applications of non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma for healthcare settings. Additionally, Carter worked with Dr. Shuiwang Ji and the Data Integration, Visualization, and Exploration (DIVE) Lab at Washington State...

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Christine Cukar-Capizzi, PsyD, BCBA

Postdoctoral Associate

Christine Cukar-Capizzi, Psy.D, BCBA, is a post-doctoral fellow at the Yale Child Study Center.  She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford with a concentration on children and adolescents.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the May Institute’s Center for Evaluation and Treatment in Massachusetts, with a focus on assessment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  During this time, she also completed neuropsychological...

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Suqian Duan

Postgraduate Fellow

Suqian (Susie) graduated with a Master of Research in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from University College London (UCL) in 2018. Before that, she received her bachelor degree in psychology from UCL. During her postgraduate study, Susie conducted research at Affect Regulation and Cognition Lab, Yale University under the supervision of professor Jutta Joormann and used eye-tracking technique to study the attentional bias in the perception of different infant emotions, and its...

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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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Scott Jackson, PhD

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

Instructor of Clinical Child Psychology

Licensed Psychologist in the Child Study Center

Elzbieta Jarzabek, Psy.D., is a Clinical Instructor 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....

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Shash Kala

Postgraduate Associate

Shashwat Kala graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with a B.A. in environmental studies and a minor in Hispanic studies. As an undergraduate, he worked in the Faja lab at Boston Children's Hospital, helping analyze the efficacy of gaming interventions on improved executive functioning skills in children with ASD. Additionally, at the Faja lab, Shashwat was particularly interest in Theory of Mind and used the Social Attribution Task to determine how children with ASD naturally impose social...

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Monique Ledbetter

Senior Administrative Assistant Child Study Center

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Erin MacDonnell

Research Intake Coordinator

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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Termara Parker

Termara graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Biology from Howard University. For her honors thesis, she explored the neurophysiological consequences of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) on the fetal macaque brain under the direct supervision of Dr. Mark Burke. During her undergraduate summers, Termara conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used various neuroimaging techniques to study the morphological and functional differences between the...

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Belmana Ponjevic, LMSW

Research Assistant 2 HSS

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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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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Dominic Trevisan, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dominic Trevisan is a Hilibrand Postdoctoral Fellow in the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. After receiving his B.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University, he completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Dominic's key research interests are in emotion processing in individuals with autism. His doctoral work explored how alexithymia (i.e., difficulties identifying and describing one's own emotions) impacts the ability of...

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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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Melissa Zhou

Melissa Zhou graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and biology. As an undergraduate, Melissa did research at the Center for Neurodegenerative Research at the Perelman School of Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Virginia Lee characterizing a novel TDP-43 mouse model for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Currently her research interests include child development and the use of noninvasive brain...

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