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.
Shannon O’Connor is a School Psychology doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2013. As an undergraduate, Shannon worked as an intern at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. During her undergraduate career she also worked on a research grant through the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s that implemented study skills, social skills, and behavioral management of adolescents in local school districts. Upon graduating she joined the Autism Research Group at Cincinnati Children’s working as a research coordinator executing clinical trials in Fragile X Syndrome and Autism. Shannon’s current research interests include early detection and intervention for Autism spectrum disorders as well as accurate diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and other co morbid pathologies found in Autism and Fragile X Syndrome.
For more detailed information regarding Shannon's research, you can review her curriculum vitae.
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.
Former Post Docs and Graduate Students
Kelly Caravella White
Kelly Caravella White worked in the NDD Lab as a Clinical Community Psychology doctoral student at USC. She is currently completing an internship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities under the UNC Department of Psychiatry.
Sara Matherly worked in the NDD Lab as a School Psychology doctoral student at USC. She is currently completing 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.
Dr. Debra Reisinger
Dr. Reisinger worked in the NDD Lab as a doctoral student. She graduated with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from USC in 2018. She is currently in a post-doctorate position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she will be working in Dr. Craig Erickson’s lab.
Dr. Marjorie Grefer Cloninger
Dr. Grefer Cloninger worked in the NDD Lab as a doctoral student. She completed her pre-doctoral 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.
Dr. Jessica Scherr
Dr. Scherr worked in the NDD Lab as a doctoral student. She is currently in a post-doctorate position at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Marissa Robinson
Dr. Robinson completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship with Greenville County Schools. She then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Greenville Assessment and Learning Specialists, where she is a currently a Licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Lindsay McCary
Dr. McCary completed a post-doctoral position with the NDD Lab from 2011-2014. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Laura Hahn
Following her post-doctoral position with the NDD Lab, Dr. Hahn joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences as an assistant professor.
Dr. Ashley Robinson
Dr. Ashley Robinson was a School Psychology doctoral student with the NDD Lab. Following graduation, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins in the Neurobehavioral Unit’s Outpatient Clinic. She is currently the Clinical Director at Avail Outreach, a private practice providing ABA Therapy to individuals diagnosed with ASD and related developmental disabilities.