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Research Staff | Overview

Research staff

  • Aya Abou-Jaoude, Clinical Research Assistant, Healthy Baby Study
  • Erin Carmody Tague, Clinical Research Coordinator, Healthy Baby Study
  • Celia Constantino, Clinical Research Assistant, Baby Steps
  • Anna Fasman, Clinical Research Specialist, Emotion Project
  • Brianna Francis, Clinical Research Specialist, Infant Screening Project
  • Megan Hartney, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Alex Job Said, Clinical Research Assistant, Baby Steps
  • Adelia Kamenetskiy, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Amanda Litka, Clinical Research Assistant, Healthy Baby Study and COVID Supplement 1&2
  • Anna Luke, Project Manager, LEAP Project
  • Riley McKechnie, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Maggie Modico, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Annie Nields, Clinical Research Assistant, LEAP Project
  • Joe Palana, Clinical Research Assistant, RPR Recruiter
  • Akshar Patel, Research Data Coordinator
  • Alexandra Simmons, Clinical Research Assistant, Beangladesh Early Adversity Project and LEAP
  • Amala Someshwar, Clinical Research Coordinator, Bangladesh Early Adversity Project and Zika Project
  • Lauren Steele, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Kyle Takach, Data Manager, Infant Screening Project, JASPER, Rett-5212, and PTEN
  • Jebediah Taylor, Clinical Research Specialist, Emotion Project
  • Saul Urbina-Johanson, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Carol Wilkinson, Assistant Professor and Attending Physician, Fragile X Project
  • Emily Yerington, Clinical Research Assistant, LEAP and Healthy Baby Project
  • Mary Zhou Ke, Research Data Manager

Affiliated faculty/researchers

Michelle Bosquet Enlow, PhD Michelle Bosquet Enlow, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry; Post-Doctoral Psychology Training Director, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
April Levin, MD April Levin, MD

Assistant, Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Graduate student researchers

Ashley Bach Ashley Bach joined the Nelson lab as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Quantitative Methods at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received a B.A. in Neurobiology with a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College in 2014 and a M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 2020. She is interested in studying the effects of a variety of adverse exposures on early brain development, and is currently completing residency training in pediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Anne-Michelle Engelstad Anne-Michelle Engelstad is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Nelson. Anne-Michelle earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education and Child Studies from Vanderbilt University (’15) and Master’s in Mind, Brain, and Education (HGSE ’16). Prior to joining the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, she was a senior research coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, coordinating an efficacy trial of a naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention for young children with autism. Anne-Michelle is thrilled to continue this work in the early identification and treatment of autism as a member of Dr. Nelson’s research team.
Eileen Sullivan Eileen Sullivan is a PhD student in Human Development, Learning and Teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Eily received a B.A. in Neurobiology in 2019 from Harvard College. In the Nelson Lab, Eily utilizes EEG/ERPs and fNIRS, along with behavioral measures, to investigate the impact of experiences (psychosocial and biological) on brain and cognitive development. She is particularly interested in studying early predictors of children's executive functions, language abilities, and school readiness in diverse contexts.


Medical student researchers

  • Anne Berens
  • Logan Beyer
  • Andrew Chun
  • Katherine Roche
  • Nana Okada
  • Allison Fialkowski