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.

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.

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 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.

Stephanie Crawford, Research Project Manager

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.

Nancy-Dunbar1Nancy Dunbar, Research Project Coordinator

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.

Emily Landau, Research Project Assistant

Contact: (847) 467-2516 | emily.landau@northwestern.edu

Emily Landau 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.

Erica Karp, Research Project Coordinator

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, 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.

 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.

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.

Haley AgreHaley Agre, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Haley is a 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.

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.

 

Undergraduates

  • 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

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

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