Learning the science and art of research.
Lauren Bush, Ph.D. Student
Lauren Bush is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, and currently completing her clinical internship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Chicago.
Lauren has been working with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for almost a decade, and is especially interested in the multiple lenses utilized to better understand autism and cross-syndrome comparisons. Currently, Lauren conducts research on the social-communicative profiles of children with autism; prior to joining the NDL, she was a clinical research coordinator at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Lauren is aiming toward a career as a pediatric neuropsychologist, specializing in autism and related neurodevelopment disabilities; she wants to work somewhere she can continue to conduct meaningful research, and provide clinical services to individuals and families in need.
Lauren earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Michigan, and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern.
Janna Guilfoyle, Ph.D. Student
Janna Guilfoyle is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, who has been working with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years.
Currently, Janna plans recruitment events and testing trips, schedules and works with study participants, compiles and analyzes data, and supervises undergraduate students. Additionally, she writes and disseminates research findings, and helps write grants for new initiatives. Prior to joining the NDL, Janna was a research coordinator in the Behavioral and Developmental Neuropsychiatry lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Janna is aiming toward a career as a faculty member at an academic medical center, where she can continue to perform assessments and develop treatments for patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as conduct novel multi-model research that improves the understanding of clinical populations, and treatment approaches.
Janna earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at North Carolina State University, and her M.A. in Psychology at American University.
Nell Maltman, Ph.D. Student
Nell Maltman is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, pursuing a dual degree – a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a clinical Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.
Nell has worked with families affected by autism for more than a decade, and especially enjoys the creative, collaborative, and passionate environment the NDL offers. She works on several different projects, and is particularly interested in understanding the genetic basis of autism. Nell also collects and analyzes data, and writes manuscripts in the lab; prior to joining the NDL, she was a project coordinator for research and clinical services at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nell is aiming toward a career as a translational speech-language pathologist, and wants to continue working with interdisciplinary research teams. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
Kritika Nayar, Ph.D. Student
Kritika Nayar is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and co-research project manager in the lab. She has been working with children with autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities since high school.
Kritika is fascinated by the relationship between visual processing, weak central coherence, and language in children with autism or related disorders. Currently, she supervises several lab projects, helps mentor junior doctoral students and undergrads, and collaborates on grant submissions and manuscripts. Prior to joining the NDL, Kritika spent three years as a project coordinator at the NYU Child Study Center.
Kritika is aiming toward a career as a pediatric neuropsychologist, so she can continue both her research and clinical work, optimally working at an academic medical center. She earned her B.S. in Neural Science and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies, at New York University.
Shivani Patel, Ph.D. Student
Shivani Patel is a Ph.D. student pursuing a doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Throughout her college career, Shivani has worked with children and adults with autism, including infants at higher genetic risk of autism. She is especially interested in using the developmental profiling of language ability in people with autism to help enhance assessment and treatment methods. Prior to joining the NDL, Shivani was a research fellow at the Marcus Autism Center’s Spoken Communication Laboratory.
Shivani is aiming toward a career as a clinical researcher, continuing to investigate genetically meaningful traits associated with autism, specifically focusing on language. She also wants to teach at the university level.
Shivani earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She also studied abroad at Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Molly Winston, Ph.D. Student
Molly Winston is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Child Psychology and Neuropsychology.
Molly is especially interested in exploring autonomic nervous system function in autism and fragile X, as well as the neuropsychological profiles of families affected by autism and fragile X. Currently, Molly plays an important role in the lab’s projects, assisting with recruitment and assessment of family participants, analyzing and interpreting data, and publishing research results. Prior to joining the NDL, she conducted research at the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Molly is aiming toward a career as a clinical translational researcher, somewhere she can continue to conduct research and work directly with families affected by autism. She earned her B.A. in Neuroscience at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
Jiayin Xing, Ph.D. Student
Jiayin Xing is a doctoral student in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Jiayin has worked with children with autism and infants with a higher genetic risk of autism throughout her undergraduate career. She is especially interested in exploring the neuropsychological profiles of individuals and family members affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, specifically in language, social functioning, and cognitive functioning.
Currently, Jiayin is developing independent projects focused on the lab’s new cross-cultural studies of autism. She also assists with other lab projects with participant testing, analysis and interpretation of study results, and presentation of findings in manuscripts to share findings with the scientific and clinical communities, as well as with the general public. Prior to joining the NDL, she worked as a research assistant in the Developmental Neuroscience Lab at University of California – San Diego and in the Child Cognition Lab at Peking University.
Career-wise, Jiayin wants to continue her research on communication difficulties in children with autism. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at Beijing Normal University in China.