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.

Michelle Lee, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | michellelee@u.northwestern.edu

Michelle is a PhD Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Psychology and English, and has several years of experience working with children with disabilities. She is interested in the relationship between language and social cognition and how this relationship can inform our understanding of autism. When she isn’t in the lab, Michelle loves reading, running and exploring Chicago.

Nell Maltman, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | alexismaltman2017@u.northwestern.edu

Nell is a PhD 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.

Jamie Barstein, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | jamie.barstein@u.northwestern.edu

Jamie is a PhD Student in the Clinical Psychology department at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 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!

Kritika Nayar, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | kritikanayar2014@u.northwestern.edu

Kritika is a PhD 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.

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!

Shivani Patel, Ph.D. Student

Contact: (847) 467-2517 | ShivaniPatel2020@u.northwestern.edu

Shivani is a PhD 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 PhD 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.

Stephanie Crawford

Contact: (847) 467-2504 | 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.

Chelsea La Valle

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | chelsea.lavalle@northwestern.edu

Chelsea La Valle graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Psychology with a Human Services Concentration and minors in Sociology and American Sign Language. La Valle has previous experience implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis and DIR/Floortime, while working at specialized schools for individuals with autism. La Valle’s research interests includes the investigation of serial naming performance and phonological processing in individuals with autism and their familial members with the examination of cultural discrepancies in rapid automatized naming abilities. In her free time, La Valle enjoys volunteering at Special Olympics events and American Sign Language events in the community.

Nancy-Dunbar1Nancy Dunbar

Contact: (847) 467-2504 | nancy.dunbar@northwestern.edu

Nancy Dunbar 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.

Erica Karp

Contact: (847) 467-4769 | erica.karp@northwestern.edu

Erica Karp graduated from Vanderbilt University with an M. Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, she graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology. Karp has previous experience implementing behavior plans and working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is currently working with the NDL on the P30 registry and other projects. In her free time, she enjoys reading, volunteering, and traveling.

ATAnne Taylor

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.

Walker McKinney, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Walker is an undergraduate student at Northwestern pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and CSD. In the lab, Walker works with eye tracking data. He is also involved with a cappella, theatre musical direction, and greek life on campus. He intends to pursue graduate work that will allow him to work with individuals with special needs.

Michelle Fluellen, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Michelle is a junior at Northwestern majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. In the NDL, she is working on rapid automatized naming. On campus, she is the co-executive director of Medical School and Health Professions Day, and is also involved with a tutoring program for elementary school students. In the future, she intends to attend medical school to become a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Jeffrey Wang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jeffrey is a sophomore at Northwestern pursuing pre-med and majoring in film. His involvement with the Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education (AMASE) on campus led him to want to do more work involving individuals with autism. In the lab, Jeffrey is working on life history transcription. He plans on applying to medical school and remaining involved in working with individuals with autism. Jeffrey enjoys surfing, skateboarding, and photography.

IMG_0673Samantha Friedberg, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Samantha is a junior at Northwestern pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Samantha works primarily on life history transcription in the lab. In the future, Samantha plans to apply to graduate programs in Speech/Language Pathology. When she isn’t in the lab, Samantha enjoys reading, watching Jeopardy, playing sports, and traveling.

Kenzie-CarnowKenzie Carnow, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kenzie is a junior at Northwestern majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in both Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Kenzie became interested in autism research after working as an NSSRA inclusion companion for a little boy on the autism spectrum. In the lab, Kenzie is working on life history transcription. Kenzie plans on applying to special education graduate programs and ultimately wants to provide clinical remediation for children with learning disabilities. In her free time, Kenzie enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching endless amounts of Netflix, traveling, and going to concerts and festivals in Chicago.

Ania HolubeckiAnia Holubecki, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ania is a junior at Northwestern pursuing a degree in Neuroscience, with the hopes of further understanding how the brains of individuals with special needs differ from those of typically developing individuals. In the lab, she is working on transcription. Her experience volunteering through the Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education (AMASE), for which she currently serves on the executive board, resulted in her wanting to continue serving individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly autism. On campus, Ania works as a Center Manager at the Norris University Center and serves as treasurer of the Mortar Board Honor Society. She is also a member of the Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team (BLAST), Club Tennis, and Sigma Alpha Iota. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and playing violin and piano.

Ellen PattersonEllen Patterson, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ellen is a senior studying Human Development and Psychology Services at Northwestern. A past internship allowed Ellen to interact closely with social workers in a clinical setting working with children with a range of mental and behavioral conditions. Some of the patients had autism, and following them in their progress through the clinical program was her first exposure to the condition. The experience piqued her interest in the impact an autism diagnosis can have on a child’s mental health as well as on their family dynamic. In the NDL, Ellen is currently working on the discourse markers project with Jamie, Nancy, and Ellie. Ellen hopes to get her MSW and pursue counseling with children. Working in a hospital setting is at the top of her list as of now!

Andrew CramerAndrew Cramer, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Andrew is a Senior at Northwestern majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in German Studies. At Northwestern, Andrew is involved in athletics, where he is a diver on the Men’s Swimming & Diving Team, as well as greek life. In the NDL, he is working on ADOS transcription. After Northwestern Andrew intends on pursuing a degree in Medicine.

Haley AgreHaley Agre, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Haley is an junior at Northwestern pursuing a major in CSD and a minor in Spanish. In the lab, Haley works on PINGU transcription. In the future, Haley plans on applying to graduate programs for Speech/Language Pathology. In her free time, Haley enjoys tennis, traveling, and cooking.

 

Lab Alumni Undergraduates

  • 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

Lab Alumni Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Jessica Klusek, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Jane Hornickel, Ph.D.
  • Abigail-Hogan Brown, Ph.D.