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Top Row (left to right): Stephanie Baker, Kevin LaGuerre, Erin Thorpe, Simon Maisel, Kate Campe, Chelsea Slater, Anne Snow Gallagher, Ariana Ajir
Bottom Row: Joanna Reinwald, Ken Porche, Ellen Hanson, Hannah Holbrook
 

Psychologist

Anne Snow Gallagher, PhD, Dr. Anne Snow Gallagher joined the lab in September of 2011.  She received her doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from Ohio State University in 2009. She then completed a Research Fellowship at Boston University, where she worked on a longitudinal study of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Prior to joining the lab, Anne was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale University Child Study Center, where she contributed to a study examining the infant siblings of children with ASD in an attempt to better understand the earliest signs of the disorder. Her clinical and research interests include the diagnosis and classification of developmental disorders, with an emphasis on ASDs. 

Genetic Counselors

Erin Thorpe, MS, CGC, officially joined our team in June of 2010 after completing her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling at Boston University. During her graduate training, she interned with our lab and developed an independent research project to assess parents’ experience with and understanding of genetic testing for ASD. Prior to graduate school, Erin first worked with children with ASD as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist in Minnesota. This role defined her current passion for ASD research and solidified her desire to work directly with families. In Erin’s role as a genetic counselor in the lab, she interviews parents regarding family and medical history information and oversees the sample collection process.

Joanna Reinwald, MS, CGC, joined our lab in 2009 as a Genetic Counselor after graduating from the Genetic Counseling program at Arcadia University. She conducts medical and family history interviews, as well as, coordination of sample collection for the ASD research studies. 


Program Coordinator

Stephanie Baker, MS, joined us in September 2010 as the Administrative Associate.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2002 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology.  She has worked in the camp industry for a number of years directing environmental programs and most recently worked for the American Camp Association, New England, coordinating an Accreditation program.  She is recently completed her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Regis College.

Research Assistants

Hannah Holbrook, BA, is a research assistant working on the sleep and memory study. She is a 2010 graduate of Colby College, where she studied psychology and education. Before joining our lab in the spring of 2010, she taught at a residential school for children with ASD and developmental delays. Hannah administers cognitive testing to children in our sleep study, and sets them up for the overnight PSG recordings. She hopes to pursue a degree in clinical psychology.

Chelsea Slater, MEd, is the Lead Research Assistant for the Phenotypic and Genetic factors study.  She joined our lab in the spring of 2010, after completing her Master's degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Chelsea administers the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), as well as cognitive and developmental testing, to children with autism spectrum disorders participating in our research studies. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. 

Ariana Ajir, MA, EdM, joined the lab in the summer of 2012 as a research assistant for the Simons VIP study. She received her most recent master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology.  Prior to receiving her degree from Harvard, she received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011 from the University of Southern California (USC), and a BA degree in Sociology in 2008 from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  In our lab, Ariana schedules and coordinates family visits for the Simons VIP study.  She hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in educational psychology. 

Katherine (Kate) Campe, M.M., M.Ed  joined the lab in the summer of 2012 as a research assistant. After graduating with her Master's degree in Mind, Brain and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kate worked with pre-verbal children with autism spectrum disorders at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. At Children's Hospital, Kate has experience administering developmental, cognitive and linguistic assessments, as well as assisting children during imagining.

Kevin LaGuerre,  M.S. joined our lab in the Fall of 2012.  He recently received a masters degree from the University of Tennessee in sport psychology and motor behavior in 2012. Prior to receiving my masters degree I obtained my bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Northeastern University in 2010. Before joining the lab I worked as a cognitive tester in a memory disorders clinic working with patients with MCI, Alzheimer’s disease, and Frontotemporal dementia. I hope to attend medical school to pursue a career in neurology or orthopedics.

Data Manager

Ken Porche, B.Sc

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