Abigail Hogan, PhD
Associate Director, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab
Research Assistant Professor, Psychology
Dr. Abigail Hogan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. Dr. Hogan completed her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University in 2016. Her doctoral research investigated the relation of physiological arousal and visual processing to social communication in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their siblings. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Hogan joined the NDD lab for a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jane Roberts , which she completed in 2018. Dr. Hogan’s postdoctoral research program focused on identifying the early biobehavioral predictors of anxiety in infants who are at risk for ASD, such as infant siblings of children with ASD and infants with fragile X syndrome.
Dr. Hogan’s ongoing research aims to characterize the predictors of social-emotional functioning in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is estimated that 30-40% of siblings of children with ASD, even those not later diagnosed with ASD themselves, are at risk for a variety of social-emotional challenges throughout their lives, including early developmental delay, language disorders, anxiety, and poorer social functioning. Thus, Dr. Hogan’s research program addresses three primary research questions:
- What social-emotional challenges do siblings of children with ASD experience in early childhood?
- What risk factors contribute to these challenges and differences?
- How can we identify those siblings who are at highest risk for poor social-emotional outcomes early in life, ideally in infancy, so that targeted interventions may be delivered during critical developmental periods?
Her work utilizes multiple methods, including eye tracking, heart activity measurement, electroencephalogram (EEG), and behavioral phenotyping.
Liz Will is a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. Dr. Will completed her PhD in Applied Developmental Science at Colorado State University. Her graduate research focused on identifying early patterns of developmental vulnerabilities related to cognitive and adaptive outcomes within children with neurogenetic disorders. Dr. Will’s postdoctoral research is focused on delineating syndrome-specific vulnerabilities and underlying psychophysiological mechanisms contributing to differential outcomes for individuals with fragile X syndrome.
Jordan Ezell completed her B.A. with honors in Psychology and Nutrition from Samford University in 2013. During her undergraduate career, Jordan interned at the University of London’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, assisting in face recognition trials in conjunction with the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings. Upon graduating, Jordan continued her work in developmental disabilities as a clinical trials associate at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, conducting medication trials with fragile X syndrome and autism. Her current research interests include pairing biophysiological processes and anxiety, differentiating anxiety in autism and fragile X syndrome and early detection and diagnosis.
Carla Wall is a doctoral student in School Psychology at USC. She received her B.A. in English from Duke University and M.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the Wilbourn Infant Lab studying the role gesture plays in language development in infants and young children. While pursuing her master’s work, she explored how effortful control influences reading development in preschool, as well as how eye tracking can be used to improve measures of reading comprehension. Prior to matriculating at USC, Carla was a Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center, where she worked on projects geared toward the early identification and detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the development of new technologies to improve the lives of those with autism and their families. Carla’s current research interests include the early identification of autism and understanding the heterogeneity of social attention in ASD and fragile x syndrome, particularly with regard to females.
Conner Black is a School Psychology doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.S. with honors from Syracuse University in 2015. During his time at SU he worked in the Center for Autism Research in Electrophysiology under the direction of Dr. Natalie Russo investigating multisensory integration in both typically developing children and children on the autism spectrum. After graduation, he worked as a Lab Manager under Dr. Elizabeth Gunderson executing a longitudinal study examining the relationship between spatial skills and math. His current research explores the intersection and development between gesture and verbal speech in children with developmental disabilities.
Chandler Knott is currently a full-time Research Specialist at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. She has graduated the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Counselor Education. Her interest in neurodevelopment disorders stems from her experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in educational as well as in therapeutic settings. In addition to her research interests of early detection and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and identifying early indicators of anxiety in high-risk infant populations, Chandler is a Registered Behavior Technician and is passionate about implementing evidence based intervention programs. Chandler plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or School Psychology.
Ramsey Coyle is currently a full-time Research Specialist at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. She has graduated the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about early detection and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders. Toward that end, she is interested in studying early behavioral markers of ADHD in children with ASD and FXS, and she is a Registered Behavioral Technician trained to implement ABA therapy. Ramsey has plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology in order to continue her training to help children with special needs.
Kayla Jarvis graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in May of 2018. Her interest in children with neurological developmental disorders came from working as a Registered Behavior Technician in an ABA clinic after graduation. She also learned from this experience that she loves teaching kids how to communicate. Kayla plans to pursue a career in Speech Pathology and continue working with children who have special needs in the future.
Nichole Mayberry is currently a full-time Research Specialist at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. She has over three years of experience working with non-profit organizations, where she developed an interest in early childhood development and education.
Libby Tillman is currently a part-time Research Specialist at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. She will graduate from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in General Education in December 2019. Her passion for neurodevelopmental disorders stems from her work as an ABA Line Therapist at Palmetto Autism Interventions. Currently, Libby is working on the assessment and data collection team as a second assessor. Additionally, she does work at the lab with heart rate data in order to study emergence and stability of autism in Fragile X Syndrome. Libby plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and later a PhD in Developmental Psychology.