Post Docs and Graduate Students

Holley Pitts : Research Associate

Holley Pitts

Research Associate

Holley Pitts is in the final stages of completing her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology through the University of Louisville (UofL). Before going to UofL, Holley completed her undergraduate degree at the UofSC. Holley’s research training primarily focused on understanding the cognitive, language, and socioemotional development of children who have genetic syndromes such as Williams syndrome, duplication 7q11.23 syndrome, and Down syndrome. Holley’s current research interests include investigating how early indicators of physiological and behavioral development may be related to the detection of autism and impact children’s everyday living skills, social communication abilities, self-regulatory skills, and psychopathology. Over the years, Holley has had the privilege to work with so many amazing children and their families. She is very excited about her new position at the NDD Lab and looks forward to working with the children and their families who participate in our research!

Erin Hunt : Graduate Student

Erin Hunt

Graduate Student

Erin Hunt completed a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry from Fordham University in 2017. Throughout her undergraduate career, Erin worked in the Fordham Memory and Aging Lab as a research assistant and completed a senior thesis examining the effects of menstrual cycle phase on cognition and autobiographical memory. After graduation, Erin completed a two-year research assistantship at the Child Mind Institute's Healthy Brain Network, a community-based research program aiming to identify biomarkers underlying mental health and learning disorders in children and adolescents. Her current research interests include exploring developmental trajectories of neurocognitive abilities, such as inhibitory control, in relation to maladaptive outcomes in both typically developing children and children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Chandler Knott : Graduate Student

Chandler Knott

Graduate Student

Chandler Knott is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at UofSC. She received her B.S. in Experimental Psychology from UofSC in 2017. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Chandler completed a two-year research assistantship here in the NDD lab where she gained extensive experience working with families of young children with FXS, DS, and ASD. Her interest in neurodevelopmental disorders originated from her previous experiences working with children with ASD in educational and therapeutic settings as a former Registered Behavior Technician. Her current research and clinical interests include early detection and intervention of ASD in high-risk populations, atypical sensory processing in young children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and differential diagnosis.

For more detailed information regarding Chandler’s research and clinical experience, view her curriculum vitae.

Rachel Hantman : Doctoral Student

Rachel Hantman

Doctoral Student

Rachel Hantman is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program here at the UofSC and a trainee in the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program. She completed her B.S. in Neurobiology at the University of Washington in 2016 and her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2017. During her B.S., Rachel worked under Dr. Wendy Stone in the Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention Lab where she studied parental verbal responsiveness to child communicative acts in relation to ASD-risk. Upon graduating with her M.Ed., she worked at HGSE as a Lab Manager under Dr. Gigi Luk, assisting in a study examining learning outcomes of bilingual, dyslexic, and typically developing adolescences through fMRI and eye tracking. She then worked with Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg at Boston University where she designed and implemented a qualitative study examining how parents of young adults with ASD believe that their children’s sensory sensitivities impact their transition to adulthood. Currently, Rachel is interested in using biopsychosocial ecological approaches to study neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically regarding how factors that surround children (e.g., parental stress, intervention history) impact and interact with their symptomology, behaviors, and neurobiology in relation to their daily functioning (e.g., anxiety, adaptive functioning).

Former Post Docs and Graduate Students

Conner Black

Conner Black was a School Psychology doctoral student in the NDD Lab from 2017 to 2022. Following her time at the NDD Lab, Conner accepted an internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Carla Wall

Dr. Wall worked in the NDD Lab as a Clinical-Community Psychology doctoral student at UofSC. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

Dr. Jordan Ezell

Following her time as a doctoral student in the NDD Lab, Dr. Ezell completed an internship and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Shannon O’Connor

Shannon worked in the NDD Lab as a doctoral student and earned her M.A. in the School Psychology program. She is currently a Policy Associate and Project Manager at the Autism Legal Resource Center.

Dr. Kelly Caravella White

Dr. Caravella worked in the NDD Lab as a Clinical-Community Psychology doctoral student at UofSC. She is currently a T32 postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sara Matherly

Dr. Matherly worked in the NDD Lab as a School Psychology doctoral student at UofSC. She is currently a psychology postdoctoral fellow at Chapel Hill TEACCH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). 

Dr. Debra Reisinger

Dr. Reisinger is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Child Development Center at Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Reisinger completed her doctoral degree in School Psychology from UofSC with the NDD Lab.

Dr. Marjorie Grefer Cloninger

Dr. Grefer Cloninger worked in the NDD Lab as a doctoral student in School Psychology at UofSC. She is currently a licensed psychologist with Prisma Health Medical Group in the Child Development and Behavioral Health division within the Department of Pediatrics.

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 Director of Psychological Services at KGH Autism Services. 

Dr. Laura Mattie (nee 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 where she is currently an associate professor.

Dr. Ashley Robinson

Dr. Ashley Robinson was a School Psychology doctoral student with the NDD Lab. She is currently an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Special Education at Ball State University.

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