People

Katarzyna (Kasia) Chawarska, Director

Katarzyna (Kasia) Chawarska, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Study and Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine. She received her graduate degree from the Department of Psychology at Yale and completed her postgraduate training at the Yale Child Study Center. Her research focuses on (1) understanding mechanisms that underlie social and emotional abnormalities during prodromal and early syndromic stages of Autism Spectrum Disorders; and (2) improving early detection and diagnosis of ASD. Her research has been funded by private and federal agencies. She is the lead editor of the book titled, "Autism in Infants and Toddlers: Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment." She lectures nationally and internationally and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. She is the Director of the Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale CSC Autism Program and the Chair of the Baby Sibling Research Consortium.

Frederick Shic, Associate Director

Frederick Shic, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor specializing in computational approaches to eye-tracking analysis in ASD. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology. Previously, he was a researcher at the Biomagnetics group at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes where he conducted research in 1H and 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy; prior to that was a video game programmer for the Sony Interactive Studios of America. Read more about his work in the Technology and Innovation Lab (TIL) here.

Suzanne Macari, Associate Director

Suzanne Macari, Ph.D., is an Associate 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. Her research focuses on atypical attentional and emotional processes, play, and temperament in infants and toddlers with ASD, as well as developmental changes in the phenotypic expression of autism over the first three years of life.

Kelly Powell, Clinical Psychologist

Kelly K. Powell, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center. She received 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 spectrum disorders (ASD), from birth to young adulthood, and their families. Her current research focus is in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition, she is actively involved in research projects focused on further understanding phenotypic expression, developmental trajectories, and outcome in ASD including co-morbid disorders. She is also invested in designing strategies for improving the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments into the community.

Scuddy Fontenelle IV, Clinical Psychologist

Scuddy Fontenelle IV, Ph.D., is a clinical faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha, NE, including a rotation within the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic and a rotation within the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (Severe Behavior Program). He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the May Institute's Center for Evaluation and Treatment in Randolph, MA. Dr. Fontenelle specializes in the assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the treatment of maladaptive behaviors displayed by children with ASD and other developmental disorders. His research interests have focused on determining the most efficient methods for increasing academic and behavioral learning rates of children. 

Karyn Bailey, Clinical Social Worker

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 the Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Her interests include adult learning and family adjustment with regard to early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Areas of expertise include special education rights and advocacy.

Amy Giguere Carney, Clinical Social Worker

Amy Giguere Carney, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a Clinical Social Worker in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic for Infants and Toddlers, working primarily on the Prospective Study of Infant Siblings. 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. Amy earned social work licensure through the State of Connecticut in 2010. Currently, Amy provides clinical support to families, both during and after their visits, with an emphasis on psychoeducation and advocacy, and serves as a liaison between families and the community. In addition, she writes and edits clinical documents, administers developmental testing to very young children, and conducts parent interviews for both clinical and research purposes.

Megan Lyons, Clinical Social Worker & Speech and Language Pathologist

Megan Lyons, MSW, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Yale Child Study Center with expertise in the assessment and treatment of young children and families with autism spectrum disorders within the Yale Early Social Cognition (YESCog) Laboratory. In addition, Megan is a part time Clinical Instructor in the Harris-Provence Child Development Unit, providing developmental assessments and psychotherapy to young children and their families as well as supervising fellows in training. She has published research on prosodic development in children with autism and is currently examining the predictors of language outcomes in ASD.

Amy Ahn, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Amy Ahn graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.S. in Human Development and a concentration in Social and Personality Development. While at Cornell, she was a research assistant in the Cornell Infant Studies Lab (CISL), where she contributed to multiple research projects on infant cognitive and language development. She was also accepted into the Human Development Honors Program, through which she spent a year designing and conducting an honors thesis project under the mentorship of Dr. Marianella Casasola. Her honors thesis explored infants' ability to form spatial categories, as well as how language influences spatial category formation. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Erin Barney, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Erin Barney graduated as valedictorian from Trinity College with a B.S. in Psychology and Engineering Science in 2015. For two years, she worked in Trinity's Complex Fluids Lab under Dr. Emilie Dressaire, studying filtration and clogging of microfluidic channels. In 2014, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she designed and implemented a study of hemispheric lateralization of cognitive tasks using functional transcranial Doppler ultrasonography. More recently, Erin completed an honors thesis in Psychology that explored novel speech perception training methods using normal-hearing listeners and cochlear implant simulations. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Lauren DiNicola, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Lauren DiNicola graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology from Harvard University in 2014. While at Harvard, she was a research assistant in the Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology (SNP) Laboratory under Dr. Joshua Buckholtz, and she conducted a senior thesis project on the cognitive processes underlying cooperation. She also contributed to research projects on memory processes in the Schacter Memory Laboratory, on primate cognition and decision-making in the SNP Lab, on avian cognition in the Pepperberg Avian Laboratory, and on bottlenose dolphin bioacoustics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Claire Foster, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Claire Foster graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2015. While at Cornell, she worked as a research assistant in the Eleanor J. Gibson Laboratory of Developmental Psychology (Cornell B.A.B.Y. Lab) under Drs. Michael Goldstein and Jennifer Schwade. She conducted a senior honors thesis investigating how social affiliation influences social word learning in toddlers. As a senior, she was chosen by Dr. Harry Segal to participate in a field practicum course, in which she conducted one-on-one play therapy with at-risk children from a local elementary school. She also interned at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she worked with the staff clinical neuropsychologist during diagnostic and neuropsychological testing of young children with ASD symptomology. She is currently a fellow in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Perrine Heymann, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Perrine Heymann graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.Phil in Psychology and a minor in Spanish and American Sign Language in 2015. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she was a research assistant in the Infant Communication Lab (ICL) under Dr. Jana Iverson. She designed and carried out an honors thesis examining the development of vocalizations and joint attention in infants at heightened risk for autism during her time in the ICL. She also spent many summers working at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp for kids and adults with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Emily Hilton, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Emily Hilton graduated with honors with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience from Grinnell College in 2015. While at Grinnell, Emily worked both as a research assistant in the Cognitive Development Laboratory, under Dr. Ann Ellis, and as an assistant teacher at the college preschool. During the summer of 2013, she completed an intensive research project conducting eye-tracking research with preschool-aged children. Emily also conducted a qualitative research project on mental illness stigmatization and access to care while studying abroad in Jordan for a semester, and she worked with young children who experienced early life trauma as an intern at Las Cumbres Community Services in New Mexico for a summer. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Anna Milgramm, Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience Fellow

Anna Milgramm graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Economics in December 2014. While at Emory, Anna worked as a research assistant at the Children's and Mothers' Emotions Laboratory, where she conducted a project focused on the parenting behaviors of mothers at risk for perinatal depression. She also worked as an assistant teacher at the Walden Early Childhood Center, an integrated preschool that promotes social interactions between children with autism and typically developing children. Additionally, she contributed to a research project at the Pinto Lab at Mount Sinai Hospital on the genetic link between several neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently a fellow in developmental and computational social neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center.

Evelyn Pomichter, Administrative Assistant

Evelyn Pomichter is the Administrative Coordinator at the Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She provides a high level of administrative and clerical support with regard to all aspects of clinical and research functions. She conducts clinical intake interviews, coordinates clinical schedules, and is responsible for the management of clinical fees. Ev has over 20 years experience working with families of children and adults with developmental disabilities, having previously worked at the Yale Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.

Amy Margolis, Program Manager

Amy Margolis is the Project Manager of all the research projects at the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab. Amy manages and directs the day-to-day activities at the lab, as well as serves 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 has more than 20 years of experience in Pediatric Research at Yale, coordinating various clinical studies both here and at associated research sites across the country. Previous areas of research include: efficacy studies of pediatric immunizations and social and educational investigation of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).





Alumni

Lilli FlinkMedical Student | Thomas Jefferson University
Sharlene LansiquotNursing Student | Columbia University
Gabriella GrecoResearch Assistant | Harvard Medical School / Boston Children's Hospital
Kaitlyn Rechenberg, M.A., APRNGraduate, Joint Degree Program: Public Health and Nursing | Yale University
Judah Koller, Psy.D.Assistant Professor of Psychology | Hebrew University
Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologist | New York University Child Study Center
Daniel Campbell, Ph.D.Senior Analyst | Amgen, Inc. 
Emily PrincePh.D. Student in Developmental and Clinical Psychology | University of Miami
Justin Rowberry, M.D.Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician | Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center
Alexandra DowdPh.D. Student in Clinical Psychology | University of Texas, Austin
Eugenia GisinM.D. Student | Penn State College of Medicine
Kerry O'LoughlinPh.D. Student in Clinical Psychology | University of Vermont
Jessie GarzarekM.A. Student in Speech Pathology | University of Georgia
Grace ChenM.A. Student in Education | Stanford University
Anne Snow Gallagher, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologist | Boston Children's Hospital
Amanda Steiner, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologist | San Francisco, CA
Ty Vernon, Ph.D.Director, Autism Assessment Clinic | Santa Barbara, CA
Tina Goldsmith, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Psychology | University of New Mexico
Grace Gengoux, Ph.D.Clinical Assistant Professor | Stanford University School of Medicine
Caley Schwartz, Ph.D.Assistant Clinincal Professor | Yale Child Study Center
Lindsay SzauterM.P.H. Student | Yale University School of Public Health
Caitlin ClementsMassachusetts General Hospital
Marika CoffmanPh.D. Student in Psychology | Virginia Tech
Mairin Meltvedt, M.A.M.A. Student in Speech Pathology | University of Maryland
Ben OaksSoftware Developer | Hedgeye Risk Management
Jessica BradshawPh.D. Student in Clinical Psychology | University of California, Santa Barbara
Brittany ButlerM.A. Student in Social Work | University of Chicago
Jessica ReedPh.D. Student in Psychology | Temple University
Joslin Latz, M.S.M.A. Student in Speech and Language Pathology | Charlotte, NC
Paula Ogston, Ph.D.Evaluation Coordinator | Virginia Commonwealth University
Sarah HannigenPh.D. Student in Clinical Psychology | University of Pittsburgh