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Principal Investigator: Molly Losh, Ph.D.

Jo Ann G. and Peter F. Dolle Chair in Learning Disabilities

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208

m-losh@northwestern.edu
Lab Phone: 1-877-275-7187

Frances Searle Building, Rm 2-366

Molly Losh’s research focuses on autism and related neurogenetic disorders. Specifically, her studies adopt clinical-behavioral and family-genetic methods and designs to characterize patterns of language strengths and weaknesses that define particular developmental disabilities, and examine ties to neuropsychological and genetic underpinnings.

Lauren Bush, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | laurenbush2019@u.northwestern.edu
Lauren is a Ph.D. Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Lauren has been working with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years. Prior to joining the NDL, Lauren worked as clinical research coordinator at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai in New York City. Lauren is curious to learn more about the overlapping phenotypes seen across a range of developmental disabilities. In particular, she is interested in studying atypical language and behavior patterns and their relationship to the genetic basis of autism. When she isn’t in school or lab, Lauren loves running, practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family!

Janna Guilfoyle, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | jannaguilfoyle2024@u.northwestern.edu
Janna is a PhD Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from North Carolina State University and earned an M.A. in Psychology from American University. Janna has been working with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years. Prior to joining the NDL, she worked as a research coordinator in the Behavioral and Developmental Neuropsychiatry lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Janna is interested in exploring the neuropsychological profiles of individuals and family members affected by autism and fragile X syndrome, specifically in the domains of sensory processing, language, and cognitive functioning. Through this work she aims to better understand the genetic basis of these disorders and identify means of improving treatment methods and outcomes. In her free time, Janna enjoys traveling, spending time with her dogs, reading, and Chicago’s many restaurants.

Nell Maltman, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | alexismaltman2017@u.northwestern.edu
Nell is a Ph.D. student in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Psychology and has worked with families affected by autism since 2006. Her research interests include understanding the genetic basis of autism and how broader phenotypic characteristics, such as language qualities, might provide clues to solving this mystery. In her free time, Nell enjoys running with her dog Stella, cooking, and improv comedy.

Kritika Nayar, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | kritikanayar2014@u.northwestern.edu
Kritika is a Ph.D. Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. in Neural Science and Environmental Studies and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from NYU. Kritika has been working with children with autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities since high school, and more extensively as a project coordinator at the NYU Child Study Center for three years after graduation. Kritika is interested in the neuropsychological profiles (e.g., the relationship between visual processing, weak central coherence, and language) of autism and related disorders and their potential neurocognitive markers of genetic liability to ASD. In her spare time, Kritika loves nerdy science activities, to dance, meditate, and explore the city’s restaurants.

Shivani Patel, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | shivanipatel2020@u.northwestern.edu
Shivani is a Ph.D. student in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology. Shivani worked with children with autism and infants at increased genetic risk of autism throughout her undergraduate career. Her research interests primarily focus on the use of developmental profiling of language ability in populations with autism as a way to enhance assessment and treatment methods. Outside of her work in the lab, Shivani enjoys baking, dancing, and spending time outdoors.

Molly Winston, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | mollywinston2021@u.northwestern.edu
Molly is a Ph.D. Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Molly has previously done autonomic nervous system research, with a focus on pupillometry, at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics. Molly is interested in integrating her experience with the autonomic nervous system into the research being done in the lab involving ASD and Fragile X Syndrome. She is specifically interested in exploring autonomic nervous system endophenotypes relating to pupillometry along with the neuropsychological profiles of families that are affected by ASD and Fragile X Syndrome. Outside of lab and school, Molly enjoys yoga, travelling, and spending time outdoors.

Jamie Barstein, Ph.D. Student

Currently carrying out clinical internship jamiebarstein2018@u.northwestern.edu
Jamie is a PhD Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and is currently completing her clinical internship at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in education. Jamie has been working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities since a young age, through her previous roles as an Applied Behavior Analyst, peer mentor, and clinical research coordinator. Jamie is interested in identifying genetic and phenotypic links amongst ASD and Fragile X Syndrome by examining language, neurobiological, and behavioral aspects of such disorders. Outside of school and lab, Jamie loves to try new restaurants and recipes, and to run outside!

Stephanie Crawford, Research Project Manager

Contact: (847) 467-4054 | stephanie.crawford@northwestern.edu
Stephanie graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In addition to working in the lab, Stephanie provides services to facilitate the integration and inclusion of children affected by developmental disabilities into mainstream recreational programs and works closely with children affected by Autism as a volunteer at H.A.V.E Dreams. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, and running outside.

Nancy-Dunbar1Nancy Dunbar, Research Project Coordinator

Contact: (847) 467-2504 | nancy.dunbar@northwestern.edu
Nancy graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. She first started working in the lab as an undergraduate in the summer of 2015 as a member of the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants program. Her research interests include the gastrointestinal functioning of family members of people with autism and what this might suggest about the genetics of autism. In her free time, Nancy enjoys reading and playing lacrosse.

ATAnne Taylor, Research Project Coordinator

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | anne.taylor@northwestern.edu
Anne is a Project Coordinator who works remotely for the lab from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has worked with Dr. Losh since 2009 and has over 10 years of experience working on nationally funded research projects examining various aspects of language and cognitive development, including language in fragile X syndrome and autism. Anne enjoys spending free time with her husband, three children, and the rest of her family and friends.

 

Gabby Dillman, Research Project Assistant

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | gabrielle.dillman@northwestern.edu
Gabby graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Human Relations and Child Development. She started in the lab as a volunteer early this year before joining our research team full-time. Gabby has worked very closely with children with autism and many other neurodevelopmental disabilities and is so excited to see how the lab’s research may benefit those affected. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her family.

Emily Landau, Research Project Assistant

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | emily.landau@northwestern.edu
Emily graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Brain and Cognitive Science and American Sign Language. She has previously worked in the lab as an undergraduate for two summers. Emily has worked with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years. In her free time, Emily enjoys exploring Chicago, dancing, and reading.

Ellen Patterson, Research Project Assistant

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | ellen.patterson@northwestern.edu
Ellen graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services. She began working in the lab as an undergraduate in the fall of 2016. Ellen has worked closely with children with autism in the past and is excited to contribute to research on language differences in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Outside of the lab, Ellen enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and traveling.

ATGary Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY

Contact: | marting@stjohns.edu

Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University in New York, and a nationally certified speech-language pathologist. Dr. Martin’s research focuses on speech and language development of children with fragile X syndrome (FXS), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and Down syndrome with a particular emphasis on pragmatic language, prosody, and the overlap of FXS and ASD.

Cassie StevensCassie Stevens, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Cassie is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience and minoring in communication sciences and disorders. Cassie has grown up taking care of and observing a sibling with autism, and is excited to begin her ASD research journey here in the NDL! Here, she works on a variety of tasks and projects, including transcription and prosody. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate work in neuroscience, to better understand ASD from a neurological perspective. In her free time, Cassie enjoys tap dancing with TONIK Tap, trying new coffee shops, spending time by the lake, and reading mysteries.

Christina LaytonChristina Layton, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Christina is a junior at Northwestern pursuing a double major in Theatre and Neuroscience. In the lab, Christina works on ADOS transcription. She plans on applying to medical school and continuing to work with individuals with autism as a pediatric neurologist. On campus, she serves on the executive board of Seesaw Theatre Company, producing multi-sensory theatre for children with autism and other developmental differences.

 

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Michelle Lee, Ph.D.
  • Jamie Barstein
  • Jessica Klusek, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Jane Hornickel, Ph.D.
  • Abigail-Hogan Brown, Ph.D.

Undergraduates

  • Danita Stroup
  • Ania Holubecki
  • Lindsay Darrell
  • Haley Agre
  • Jeffrey Wang
  • Sydni White
  • Samantha Friedberg
  • Walker McKinney
  • MacKenzie Carnow
  • Andrew Cramer
  • Sean Bald
  • Kara Ferracuti
  • Natalie Dulin
  • Kyle Frost
  • Lindsay Thompson
  • Abby Issarraras
  • Alex Marshall
  • Karishma Panchal
  • Sarah Elkins
  • Sejal Shah
  • Natalie Kim
  • Jenna Van Duyune
  • Laura Henry
  • Taran Lichtenberger
  • Sarah Brown
  • Julia Delguidice
  • Bret Kravis
  • Cummings Rork
  • Deanna Hano
  • Joanne Yi
  • Emily Orell
  • Sandra Maerzacker
  • Bethany DeLong
  • Catherine Wu
  • Jenna Lebersfeld
  • Natalie Friend
  • Neelima Agrawal
  • Holly Romaniak
  • Bethany DeLong