Faja Laboratory | Research Coordinators

Nicole Nadwodny headshotNicole Nadwodny

Nicole graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Science and Spanish. Immediately following her graduation, she spent two years in Washington, D.C., at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Hospital. At CASD, Nicole worked closely with clinical psychologists, neuroimagers, and stakeholders on the autism spectrum to create clinical measures that incorporate and amplify the voices of those with ASD using a community-based participatory research model. She also piloted online ECHO clinics to disseminate resources to community providers and underserved communities in Washington, examined how autism presents across the gender spectrum, and used fMRI to investigate varying executive functioning profiles in youth with ASD. Lastly, she co-led two executive functioning intervention groups with preschoolers and middle schoolers on the autism spectrum and used data from these groups to write a manuscript on the executive functioning benefits that dual language exposure provides to children with ASD. At Tufts University, she collaborated with Dr. Gina Kuperberg, with whom she used EEG to examine the brain’s response to linguistic anomalies. She also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Faja Lab, in which she ran EEG appointments and cleaned data for the GAMES Project. She is so excited to be back in the Faja Lab again as a coordinator for ABCCT! Nicole’s research interests include bilingualism, executive functioning, and self-advocacy in autism, and she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In her free time, Nicole enjoys singing, biking, and hugging her French Bulldog.