Dr. Emily Lowell
Dr. Emily Lowell graduated from the USC School Psychology doctoral program in 2011. Currently, she works as a psychologist for the USC School of Medicine Developmental Pediatric Clinic, specializing in autism assessment.
Dr. Laura Hahn
Dr. Laura Hahn joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences as an assistant professor. Laura continues her research on characterizing early social and cognitive abilities in infants and children with neurogenetic disorders (i.e., fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome).
Dr. Marissa Robinson
Dr. Marissa Robinson is completing her post doc with Greenville Assessment and Learning Specialists, a private practice specializing in comprehensive psychological assessment, located in Greenville, SC.
Marjorie Grefer Cloninger
Dr. Marjorie Grefer Cloninger was school psychology doctoral student with the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Project. She completed her predoctoral internship in Richland School District Two and graduated from USC in August 2016. She is a certified school psychologist in Lexington County School District One and completing postdoctoral hours for licensure in South Carolina.
Post-Doc Nationwide Children's Hospital
Dr. Jessica Scherr graduated from the School Psychology Ph.D. program in 2016. She is currently in a post-doctorate position at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.S. from the University of North Dakota with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. Her research interests include understanding the cognitive components behind neurodevelopmental disorders, distinguishing diagnostic profiles of disorders that are often comorbid (fragile X syndrome, autism, ADHD), and early identification. One of Jessi’s current research projects involves examining the cognitive profiles of executive functioning across measures of ADHD within a sample of children with FXS.
Kelly Caravella White
Kelly Caravella White, a Clinical Community Psychology doctoral student at USC, is currently completing an internship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities under the UNC Department of Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University in 2010 with a double major in Psychology and Communications. Throughout her career, Kelly has experienced working with children with autism in both treatment and research capacities, including serving as a part of a NIH T32 Research Training Program at USC called the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program. Additionally, she served on the infant and toddler research team examining early behavioral markers of autism through eye-tracking technology at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. Her current research interests include early detection and diagnosis of autism, and genetic and environmental liabilities that impact the development of the disorder in the first two years of life.
Sara Matherly is a School Psychology doctoral student. She is currently doing an internship at Blythewood High School and North Springs Elementary School, as well as with Developmental Pediatrics at USC Medical School and Palmetto Richland Hospital. In the spring of 2019, she will be supporting the social skills classrooms as part of the assessment and consultation team and at Blythewood High School supporting the school psychologist. Sara completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating Sara worked with Greensboro TEACCH on educating high school teachers who worked with adolescents and adults with autism to create evidence-based goals and assist with transitioning to the work place. Sara then worked as Project Coordinator for the Communication and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab at FPG Child Development Institute. During her time as Project Coordinator, she studied the role autism behaviors played in a child's ability to repair communication breakdowns. Her research interests include analyzing reciprocal communication skills, attention difficulties, social anxiety and biophysiological processes of children and adolescents with ASD and/or FXS, and differentiating autistic behaviors in FXS.
Debra Reisinger graduated with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from USC in 2018. Debra will be starting her post-doc position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she will be working in Dr. Craig Erickson's lab which focuses on examining pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment efficacy in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ASD and FXS. Dr. Reisinger will be investigating sensory, motor, cognitive, and social aspects of NDDs for the identification of intermediate phenotypes and development of outcome measures for treatment trials.
Dr. Lindsay McCary
Dr. McCary is currently the Clinical Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Project from 2011-2014.
Dr. Ashley Robinson
Clinical Director, Avail Outreach
Dr. Ashley Robinson was a School Psychology doctoral student with the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Lab who graduated in 2014. She is currently the Clinical Director at Avail Outreach, a private practice providing ABA Therapy to individuals diagnosed with ASD and related developmental disabilities. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins in the Neurobehavioral Unit’s Outpatient Clinic, conducting functional behavioral assessments and developing interventions to reduce severe problem behavior in children with autism and intellectual disabilities.
Lisa Rague is currently a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Purdue University. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Psychology and Pre-Professional Studies. As an undergraduate, Lisa was a member of the Moral and Adolescent Psychology Lab, where she participated in research studying parenting techniques during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Lisa has also worked as a behavioral aide at a camp for children with autism.
Emily Schworer is currently attending Colorado State University, pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Developental Science. She is a graduate from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Emily’s previous research experience has included working with children with autism and studying the effectiveness of behavior plans at the Faison School for Autism. Emily has also worked with families of children with autism, studying parent stress levels and relationships between the parent and their child.
Alexis Brewe is currently a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests include co-occurring psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral conditions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Alexis's previous research experience includes managing data and conducting behavioral assessments with the NDD Lab from 2014-2018.
Aylin Ulker is currently working at the Myer Center for Special Children in Greenville, SC. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology and additional focus on pre-medical studies. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the USC School Behavioral Health Team, gaining experience in advancing policies, research, and practice for improving student academic, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. Her interests in autism evolved during her time as an ABA therapist for the Early Autism Project. Aylin plans to attend further education in the field of Occupational Therapy.