Faja Laboratory | Undergraduate Interns

Margaret HauckMargaret Hauck

Margaret is a rising Junior at Boston University where she majors in Psychology. She is especially interested in studying cognition and learning. At BU, she is a member of the undergraduate neuroscience organization, The Mind Brain Society, in which she helps coordinate student-lead educational outreach to local Boston high schools. She has always been passionate about working with kids, having worked as a camp counselor, and caretaker for the past six years. In addition to her position in the Faja/Nelson labs, Margaret also works in BU’s Educational Resource Center and Center for Career Development. She hopes to attend graduate school in the future and explore research opportunities within the fields of cognitive psychology or neuroscience. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT) team to be a part of the innovative research of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to learn from others who are just as passionate about psychology and neuroscience as she is. In her free time Margaret enjoys exploring Boston, binge-watching The Office, and talking about dogs.

Ilana ZweigIlana Zweig

Ilana is a rising senior at Brandeis University double majoring in Psychology and Education Studies. She worked last summer as a clinical intern at the Montefiore-Einstein Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in New York, assisting a developmental pediatrician who specializes in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Social Interaction and Motivation Lab at Brandeis University and at the Mount Sinai Division of General Internal Medicine in New York. In the Social Interaction and Motivation Lab, Ilana worked on a project that used EEG to explore the racial biases that are present during the interaction of study participants. She is also a co-chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Brandeis. She is excited to work on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT) study to learn more about how EEG and eye tracking can extend our current knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, Ilana enjoys listening to music, reading, exploring Boston, and traveling.

Paige VidalPaige Vidal

Paige Vidal is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in psychological sciences in the honors program. Paige has a great deal of interest in studying autism spectrum disorder, and has loved getting to work closely with children who have ASD in the past. Paige has worked as an intern at The New England Center for Children, which is a school specifically for children with an ASD diagnosis. Here Paige worked one on one as a teacher to students working on academics, life & social skills. At UConn, Paige works as a research assistant in the Early Detection of Autism Lab looking at what ages ASD can be diagnosed most effectively. She also works as the event coordinator for the UConn Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which works to spread awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness, as well as volunteering with Special Olympics Connecticut. After UConn, Paige hopes to go on to a graduate program in clinical psychology specializing in children. Paige is very excited to further her understanding of ASD through her work in the Faja Lab this summer. In her free time, Paige enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and spending time at the beach.

Brigid KennedyBrigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy is a rising sophomore at Harvard University where she is pursuing biology and psychology. Prior to Harvard, she worked as a camp counselor for young children and volunteered as a peer mentor for students transitioning from lower to middle school. Brigid conducted research on childcare modalities and their implications for child development for an independent study in high school. She is extremely excited to be working with young patients and learning as much as possible about brain development. Brigid is also a passionate rower for Harvard and can be found rowing on the Charles River as often as possible. In her free time, Brigid enjoys baking, relaxing with friends, and coloring.

Christine BarthelemyChristine Barthelemy

Christine is a rising senior at Tufts University studying Biopsychology. She works in the Sommers Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab at Tufts as a research assistant. She has always been extremely eager to learn more about ASD, having family ties in ASD. She is also very interested in looking at the disorder from a clinical perspective and learning more about intervention tactics, making her very excited to join the Faja lab! She has experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds, especially those with ASD, through summer school programs as well as various volunteering programs. She volunteers her time at the Brockton Health Imperatives to promote proper public health access to underserved communities. At Tufts, she manages the Africana Center living facility, works at Tufts’ Health Services alongside Green Dot, and plans to later join a PhD program in neuroscience that will allow her to further her knowledge about neurodevelopmental disorders. Christine also plays guitar, loves to try new foods, and is a big fan of football. She is always excited to hear about people’s pets as she is looking to adopt a dog of her own someday soon!

Rachel MartinoRachel Martino

Rachel is a rising senior at Brown University double majoring in Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has worked in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Brown University, in which she has examined the development of gender biases during childhood. She has also assisted with ongoing studies research early detection of ASD and the role of executive functioning. At Brown, she is heavily involved in an elementary after-school mentoring program (BEAM) where she designs lessons for a group of students each week. Rachel is also a member of Brown’s largest mental health advocacy group on campus that works on campus to try to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness. She is excited to combine her two academic in developmental psychology and gender and sexuality studies to work on the CRUSH project this summer in the Faja lab. She also hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Rachel loves to cook, sing, and explore coffee shops.

Leah MeklerLeah Mekler

Leah Mekler is a rising senior at Boston University majoring in Psychology. Last summer, she worked as a research assistant at the Social Development Lab of Boston University. During her time at the Social Development Lab, she had the opportunity to recruit participants attending the Museum of Science and conduct a study about how kids learn most effectively when discovering something new. Leah has always had a passion for helping people, especially children, and hopes to pursue that dream with her future career. Leah is originally from Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. She is also conversant in Hebrew. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing and singing opera. In her free time, she likes to eat and spend time with her family, friends, and goldendoodle, Milou.