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Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Professor in the Child Study Center

Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Program

Dr. Chawarska has received her clinical and research training at Yale. She is a leading expert in research on identifying markers of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and novel treatment targets in infancy. In her clinical practice, Dr. Chawarska specializes in early diagnosis of ASD as well as developmental follow-up of infants at risk for ASD due to familial factors (e.g., having an older sibling with ASD), genetic factors (e.g., having a syndrome related to ASD such as Fragile X), or due to...

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Suzanne L Macari, PhD

Research Scientist

Co-director, Yale Early Social Cognition Program

Suzanne Macari, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. She earned her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed post-doctoral fellowships in autism research at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and at the Yale Child Study Center Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Kasia Chawarska. Currently, she is Associate Director of the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab. Her research focuses on...

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Kelly K. Powell, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Co-director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Kelly K. Powell, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, RI majoring in both Psychology as well as Human Development & Educational Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in Washington, DC and completed her pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Powell specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism...

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Karyn F Bailey, MSW

Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work

Karyn Bailey graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s in Social Work and subsequently completed two years of advanced clinical training as a Social Work Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center prior to accepting a position as a faculty member. Currently, she serves as the Director of Social Work Training for the department and also as the lead Social Worker in our Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Her interests include adult learning and family adjustment with regard...

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Scuddy Fontenelle, IV, PhD, BCBA-D

Clinician and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center

Scuddy Fontenelle IV, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) at the Yale Child Study Center. He specializes in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the treatment of behavioral difficulties (e.g., pediatric feeding disorders, aggressive behaviors, noncompliance, toileting) displayed by children with ASD and other developmental disorders. He completed his doctoral training in school psychology at Oklahoma State University in...

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Amy Giguere Carney, LCSW

Social Worker Child Study Center

Clinical Social Worker

Amy Giguere 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...

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Megan Lyons, LCSW, CCC (SLP)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work

Speech and Language Pathologist

Megan Lyons, LCSW, M.S. CCC-SLP is a part time Clinical Instructor in the Harris-Provence Child Development Unit.  Her clinical expertise includes working with young children and families who are dealing with the effects of trauma and disrupted attachment as well as extensive clinical practice supporting caregivers in their capacity to understand their child’s early development.  She has also supervised and mentored many future clinicians in the field of social work.  Ms. Lyons is also a...

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Quan Wang, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Quan Wang received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Computational Neuroscience from Goethe University Frankfurt and has an M.S in Computational Science and a B.S in Bioinformatics. She studies machine learning and computational methods and has research experience in developmental psychology and visual attention. Her current research focuses on eye tracking innovation and application, particularly gaze-contingent eye tracking paradigms and their application in infants and toddlers affected by...

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Angelina Vernetti

Postgraduate Associate

Angelina Vernetti is a Postdoctoral associate at the Yale Child Study Center. Her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London investigated the social modulation of cue-reward associations. Using gaze-contingent paradigms, Angelina Vernetti examined how gaze direction, emotion, referential cues and motivational value influence the allocation of attention in young typically developing children and adults as well as children with autism. She is currently working...

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Deanna Macris

Deanna Macris is the Statistician and Data Manager for the Yale Early Social Cognition Program. She manages all experimental and clinical data, maintains the lab’s databases, analyzes data, and oversees data collection. Deanna received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College. She then worked as a research fellow in the Yale Autism Program before attending graduate school. Deanna received her M.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University, where she conducted research on children’s...

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Amy G. Margolis

Program Manager

Amy Margolis is a Research Associate at the Yale Child Study Center and the Program Manager at the Infant and Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic and Yale Early Social Cognition Lab. Amy directs the day-to-day activities of the lab and serves as the primary contact for outreach, recruitment and dissemination of research activity, helping to build connections in the Autism and clinical pediatric communities. She oversees the management of multiple clinical studies with collaborating groups...

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Evelyn Pomichter

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...

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Finola Eileen Kane-Grade, BA

Postgraduate Associate

Finola Kane-Grade graduated with comprehensive honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and Music Performance – Flute. While at the University of Wisconsin, she was a research assistant for four years at the Child Emotion Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Seth Pollak, where she conducted research focused on children’s emotional development using eye-tracking and psychophysiological methods. In this lab, Finola completed a Hilldale senior...

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Hannah Rose Neiderman

Postgraduate Associate

Hannah Neiderman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. During her time at UCLA, she was a research assistant in the Emotion and Culture Lab under the direction of Michael Sun and Dr. Michelle Craske in which she completed an undergraduate research project looking at the effect of emotion suppression sex differences in emotion regulation. She was also involved in UCLA’s...

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Katya Villarreal Cavazos

Postgraduate Associate

Katya Villarreal graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a double major in Psychology in December 2016. While at Emory she was a research assistant at the Marcus Autism Center for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. During this internship, she designed and carried out an independent research study under the supervision of Dr. Keith Easterling to examine the effectiveness, success rate, and efficacy of a widely used language protocol. Additionally,...

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Alexandra Zakin

Postgraduate Associate

Alexandra Zakin graduated with honors from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. Alexandra was a research assistant for 2 years at the University of Oregon Learning Lab under the direction of Dr. Caitlin Fausey. While working in the Learning Lab, Alexandra conducted research related to how everyday experiences matter for early learning. She completed an Honors thesis on object naming in early life, specifically examining whether...

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