Nelson Laboratory | Research Staff

Research staff

  • Aya Abou-Jaoude, Clinical Research Assistant, Healthy Baby Study
  • Erin Carmody Tague, Clinical Research Coordinator, Healthy Baby Study
  • Lauren Castelbaum, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Celia Constantino, Clinical Research Assistant, Baby Steps
  • Anna Fasman, Clinical Research Specialist, Emotion Project
  • Megan Hartney, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Alex Job Said, Clinical Research Assistant, Baby Steps
  • Adelia Kamenetskiy, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Rachel Kwon, Research Data Manager
  • Amanda Litka, Clinical Research Assistant, Healthy Baby Study and COVID Supplement 1&2
  • Anna Luke, Project Manager, LEAP
  • Riley McKechnie, Clinical Research Assistant, Infant Screening Project
  • Maggie Modico, Clinical Research Assistant, Emotion Project
  • Joe Palana, Clinical Research Assistant, RPR Recruiter
  • 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

Affiliated faculty/researchers

Michelle Bosquet, PhD, headshotMichelle 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 Levin headshotApril 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

Anne-Michelle Engelstad (contact 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 headshotEileen Sullivan (contact 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