Faculty & Staff

Bio Profile

Fred Volkmar, MD

Irving B. Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics, of Psychiatry and of Psychology

Biography

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford University where he received his M.D. and a master’s degree in psychology in 1976 Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders...

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Clinical Interests

Autistic Disorder; Developmental Disabilities

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Kevin Pelphrey, PhD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology

Co-Director of the Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience

Co-Director NIMH T32 Training Program in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Biography

I co-direct the Yale Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience. We employ a range of techniques including structural and functional neuroimaging, genomics, and eye tacking to understand the development of the brain and thereby improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting children. I also serve as the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded multisite Autism Center for Excellence Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with ASD network that spans...

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James McPartland, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Associate Director, Developmental Electrophysiology Lab

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center

Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Biography

James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders at Yale and is a licensed child psychologist and Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic. He is...

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Research Interests

Autistic Disorder; Child Development; Developmental Disabilities; Child Development Disorders, Pervasive; Psychology, Child; Evoked Potentials; Psychophysiology; Social Perception; Event-Related Potentials, P300; Asperger Syndrome

Clinical Interests

Autistic Disorder; Developmental Disabilities

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Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

Director, Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Research Interests

Mental Disorders; Human Development

Clinical Interests

Autistic Disorder; Developmental Disabilities

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George Anderson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in the Child Study Center and Research Scientist in Laboratory Medicine

Director, Core Resource Laboratory of the Yale Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Stress, Self-Control and Addiction

Director, Laboratory of Developmental Neurochemistry (Child Study Center)

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Michele Goyette-Ewing, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Director, Psychology Training

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Kathy Koenig, MSN, APRN

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry

Director, Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Suzanne Macari, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

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Rhea Paul, PhD, CCC (SLP)

Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center

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Fred Shic, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Computer Science

Director, Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL)

Co-Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog)

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Denis Sukhodolsky, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

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Katherine Tsatsanis, DPhil

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

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Brent Vander Wyk, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

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Pamela Ventola, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Amy Carney, BS, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Biography

Amy Carney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Developmental Disabilities Clinic for Infants and Toddlers. She acquired a B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, earned her Master's Degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, with a specialization in clinical work with children and families, and completed a post graduate fellowship within the Yale Child Study Center's autism clinic. Currently, Amy provides clinical support...

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Dianna DePedro

Research Associate

Biography

Dianna M. DePedro, M.A. is a Research Associate with the Child Study Center. She is the lab manager for the Child Neuroscience Lab within the Autism Program, as well as the Project Coordinator for the Simons Simplex Collection Study. Dianna earned her Master's in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and is currently working on a Master's in Women's Studies.

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Megan Lyons, MSW

Clinical Instructor in the Child Study Center (Social Work)

Speech and Language Pathologist

Biography

Megan Lyons, MSW, M.S. CF-SLP is Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical
Fellow in the Laboratory for Developmental Communication Disorders. She
received her M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and is in
the process of completing her clinical fellowship under the supervision
of Dr. Rhea Paul. Within the autism program, Megan provides speech,
language and communication evaluations for the Developmental Processes,
Trajectories, and Predictors of Outcome Study, Simon's Baby-Siblings and
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Amy Margolis

Biography

Amy Margolis is a Research Associate at the Yale Child Study Center, and the Project Coordinator of the Prospective Study of Infants at the Simons Laboratory of Social Neuroscience in Infancy ("Baby Sibs"). Amy manages and directs the day-to-day activities at the Simons Lab, as well as serving as the primary contact for families entering the research program. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Union College, and has done graduate work at UCONN and Southern Connecticut State University. She...

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Elizabeth Simmons, MS, CCC (SLP)

Speech and Language Pathologist

Biography

Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Yale Autism Program. She received her M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and completed her clinical fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Rhea Paul. Within the autism program, Elizabeth coordinates the Infant Treatment Study and SpeechPrompts Treatment Research Study. She also provides speech, language and communication evaluations for infant, toddlers and preschoolers as part of the Infant and Toddler...

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Alexander Westphal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center

Biography

Dr Westphal has a clinical and research focus on autism spectrum disorders. He is based in the Division of Law and Psychiatry in Yale's Department of Psychiatry as a Consulting Forensic Psychiatrist for Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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Andy Auerbach

Biography

Andy Auerbach is our main data entry person and office assistant, and also assists the principal investigators. He studied liberal arts at Edward Williams College, and attended Chapel Haven's vocational program for four years. He is currently a member of Chapel Haven's outreach program.

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Erin MacDonnell

Research Intake Coordinator, Autism Program

Biography

Erin MacDonnell is the Intake Coordinator for the School-Aged Research
Projects within the Autism Program. She is the liaison between families
and clinicians and her responsibilities include screening families to
determine their eligibility and then coordinating their visit to the
center. She received her B.A. in English and Communications from
Eastern Connecticut State University. Before joining the Yale Child
Study Center in 2009, Erin worked at Yale in the Psychology department
for 4 years.

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Evelyn Pomichter

Biography

Evelyn Pomichter is the Administrative Coordinator at the Developmental
Disabilities Clinic for Infants and Toddlers. She provides a high level
of administrative and clerical support with regard to all aspects of
clinical and research functions. In addition, she is a central source of
information to both families and members of the developmental
disabilities clinical/research teams. She responds to patient concerns
and requests ensuring smooth resolution. She is responsible for the
management of...

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Heidi Tsapelas

Biography

Heidi Tsapelas is the School-Age Recruitment Coordinator and Community Liaison for the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center. Heidi is a native of Madison, Connecticut and earned a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University in New York City. Her background is in television news production and public relations. Heidi handles PR for the Yale Autism Program, as well as being responsible for the recruitment of research study participants.

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