SO HYUN "SOPHY" KIM, Ph.D.
Dr. So Hyun “Sophy” Kim is a clinical researcher with an extensive background in identification of early behavioral phenotypes and examining developmental trajectories of children with ASD. She has developed a new language assessment tool, the Observation of Spontaneous Expressive Language (OSEL), which is now undergoing a national norm based on a partnership with the publisher, WPS, in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Lord. She has also led the development of the new treatment outcome measure for ASD, the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC) with Dr. Catherine Lord. Currently, she is a PI of a NIMH funded project designed to examine the mechanisms of early, parent-mediated interventions for toddlers with ASD (1R01MH114925-01). Most recently, Dr. Kim has led efforts to examine school readiness in kindergarteners with ASD while integrating behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP/EEG) methods, with a particular focus on executive function.
DEANNA SWAIN, Ph.D.
Dr. Deanna Swain is currently completing her first year of a 2-year post-doctoral psychology fellowship. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Virginia Tech under the direction of Dr. Angela Scarpa and her clinical internship at Children's Hospital of Colorado, with a focus in Developmental Pediatrics. Her primary research interests include parenting stress and its impact on parent-mediated interventions as well as a multi-method approach to measuring emotion regulation in parents and children with ASD. Dr. Swain has received specialized training in several Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs), including the Early Start Denver Model, and she is an interventionist in the NYS Early Intervention classroom at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Currently, Dr. Swain conducts research related to parent-mediated interventions through a small randomized control trial in the Early Intervention classroom and she is also involved in a NIMH-funded project aimed at examining the mechanisms in parent-mediated interventions for toddlers with ASD.
SO HYUN KIM
JACKIE MOSES, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Jackie Moses graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Emory, she worked as a research assistant in the Infant & Child Lab as well as in the Spatial Cognition Lab. In collaboration with these labs, she expanded her cross-cultural research in Western Samoa and Ireland. Jackie also served as an undergraduate practicum student at Marcus Autism Center in the Severe Behavior Day Treatment Program and in the research department. In Severe Behavior, she implemented intensive individualized treatment plans which utilized ABA strategies to assess and treat dangerous and disruptive behaviors of children and young adults with autism. In the research department, she assisted on a project which adapted and used a gesture coding scheme to assess the development of early speech and hand gesture in children with autism. In connection with the Emory Autism Center, Jackie designed and led social and recreational skills interventions for young adults on the spectrum. Currently, at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain her predominate work includes the SPROUT study and the Home BOSCC. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and fitness. In the future, she plans to pursue higher education in the medical field and continue working with children and adults with autism.
HANNAH THOMAS, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Hannah Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. During her time at USC, she worked as a research assistant at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab where she studied the development of children with comorbid Fragile X syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) conditions. She also worked at the Applied Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab researching the cognitive and neurological profiles of specific learning disabilities. At the ASD and Developmental Science Lab, Hannah is leading the NIMH funded R01 project investigating treatment mechanisms from three early intervention models for ASD. She also is the coordinator on the longitudinal study investigating school readiness in kindergartners with ASD using a child-friendly Go/NoGo EEG task. Recently, she has joined a project that is investigating the behavioral and neuronal correlates of ADHD and ASD under the supervision of Drs. Sophy Kim and Adriana DiMartino. In the future, Hannah plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
CLAIRE KLEIN, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Claire Klein graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology and a Leadership Studies Sequence in 2018. While at CMC, Claire worked as a Fletcher Jones Research Fellow at the Claremont Autism Center with Dr. Majorie Charlop, providing early intervention to children with autism and conducting behavioral research on repetitive behaviors, speech, physical exercise, and decreasing problem behaviors. Claire’s honors senior thesis was on the generalization of iPad-learned skills in children with ASD. At the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, Claire works on the randomized control trial of a parent-mediated intervention in the Early Intervention classroom, conducts behavioral and EEG assessments for the NEST project, and leads the Toddler Brain Study with Child Mind Institute. In the future, Claire plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and continue working with children with autism.
ELYSHA CLARK-WHITNEY, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Elysha Clark-Whitney graduated from New York University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and a minor in History. At NYU, Elysha worked with the Latino Family Engagement and Language Development Lab (L-FELD) under the supervision of Dr. Gigliana Melzi, studying the development of language and narrative skills in Latino preschoolers. Her work with L-FELD culminated in a senior honors thesis, in which Elysha examined the relations between expressive language, executive function and narrative organization in monolingual and bilingual Latino preschoolers. During her time as an undergraduate, Elysha also studied ADHD and behavioral problems in school-aged children with Dr. Anil Chacko. In her current role, Elysha coordinates a study of nonverbal communication in toddlers, which uses multiple measurement modalities to capture fine-grained information about communication behaviors in children with autism and other developmental delays, and typically-developing children. Elysha plans to undertake a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and is interested in studying parent-child interactions in autism and how parental stress and anxiety influence children's treatment outcomes.
HANSEE KARAMCHANDANI, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Hansee graduated with a M.A in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Columbia, she worked at the Developmental Affective Neuroscience lab under the direction of Dr. Nim Tottenham studying the lasting effects of early adverse experiences on emotion and brain development. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a behavior therapist for children on the autism spectrum working with client specific treatment protocols that cater to each child’s intellectual and social capacities. At the ASD and Developmental Science Lab, Hansee primarily works as an interventionist/researcher on the SPROUT study focused on validating new language and social communication based outcome measures over the course of a JASPER intervention program. In the future, Hansee plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
DENISSE JANVIER, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Denisse Janvier graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in both Psychology and Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience in 2018. During her time at SBU she worked as a research assistant at the Social Competence and Treatment Lab with Dr. Matthew Lerner studying the social and emotional functioning of children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum through various research projects. She was also involved in different public health organizations, taking a special interest in healthcare delivery for underserved populations. She is currently working on the Autism Navigator study (Mobilizing Community Systems) in the efforts of disseminating and piloting an early detection Autism screener among high-risk, underserved communities in the tristate area. In the future, Denisse plans to pursue an MD as a Developmental Pediatrician.
SHANPING QIU, DATA MANAGER
Shanping Qiu received her B.A. in Philosophy from Fudan University, China and received her M.S. in Management in Computer Information Systems from University of Detroit, Michigan. She is the data manager at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Prior to joining CADB, Shanping worked at the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center as a data manager.
SAVINA SIKAND, DATA ASSISTANT
Savina Sikand is currently an undergraduate at Fordham University. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology from Fordham University. She is currently on the executive board of Fordham's chapter of A Moment of Magic, which provides creative programming to kids with medical vulnerabilities at no cost to them. In the past, Savina has held internships as a Research Associate at NYU Winthrop Hospital as well as a Regulatory Affairs intern for clinical trials at Hackensack University Medical Center. At the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, she helps with the data of the clinic and various research projects. In the future, Savina plans on going to medical school.