Nelson Laboratory | Research Staff

Research Staff

  • Aya Abou-Jaoude, Clinical Research Assistant, Healthy Baby Study 
  • Erin Carmody, Clinical Research Coordinator, Healthy Baby Study
  • Lauren Castelbaum, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Cassandra Furlong, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project 
  • Jesús Hernández Ortiz, Psychoeducational Evaluator, Emotion Project
  • Anna K. Luke, M.A., Clinical Research Manager
  • Finola Kane-Grade, Clinical Research Coordinator, Emotion Project
  • Megan Hartney, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Brooke Kohn, Clinical Research Assistant, ABC-CT
  • Rachel Kwon, Research Data Manager 
  • Lucy Moreman, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Riley McKechnie, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Julia Nikolaeva, Clinical Research Assistant, ABC-CT
  • Amala Someshwar, Clinical Research Assistant, Bangladesh Early Adversity Project and Zika Project
  • Lauren Steele, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Jeb Taylor, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project 
  • Saul Urbina-Johanson, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Viviane Valdes, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator, Zika Project
  • Katie Vincent, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project 
  • Lindsey Benster, Clinical Research Assistant, HEAL

Affiliated Faculty/Researchers

Michelle Bosquet, PhDMichelle Bosquet, PhD (contact Michelle Bosquet) received a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in developmental and clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has completed a fellowship in infant mental health and postdoctoral training in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress responses. She is primarily interested in understanding the ways in which children become vulnerable to developing mental health problems early in development. One specific area where she has focused is the study of the impact of maternal anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder on infant emotional and biological development. She is currently investigating associations between mothers' traumatic life experiences and mothers' and infants' abilities to regulate their emotions and their physiological responses to stress. For example, in collaboration with Dr. Nelson and other lab members, she is examining how infants of mothers with significant trauma histories may process emotions differently at the neural level than infants of mothers without a significant trauma history. She hopes that the information from these studies will help us prevent the development of mental health problems in children.

April LevinApril Levin, MD (contact April Levin) is an instructor and attending physician in neurology. Her clinical work and research focus on management of autism from a child neurology perspective. In the neurology clinic, her focus is on caring for children with autism. In addition to seeing patients, she is working to implement an online parent questionnaire that will help families and clinicians monitor outcomes over time in children with autism. Her primary research focuses on identifying biomarkers of autism, using information about brain rhythms as measured by EEG. The long-term goal of this research is to find new ways to predict, diagnose, and monitor autism; in the process, she hopes to shed light on how the brain works in children with autism. She is also involved with the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which examines the effects of institutionalization versus foster care on child development. Alongside her participation in this research project, she has been involved in clinical, teaching, and volunteer work in Romanian hospitals and orphanages since 1999.

Graduate Student Researchers

Cora MukerjiCora Mukerji (contact Cora Mukerji) is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University. She received my B.A. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience track) from Yale University in 2011. As a research assistant in the McPartland Lab at the Yale Child Study Center, she worked on studies exploring brain-behavior relations in children with autism spectrum disorder and infants at high risk using EEG and event-related potentials. Her dissertation work employs multiple neuroimaging tools (MRI, EEG, and DTI) to explore the neural underpinnings of social thought and function in typical and atypical child development.