Learning the science and art of research.

 

Stephanie Crawford, Ph.D. Student
stephanie.crawford@northwestern.edu

Stephanie Crawford is a doctoral student in Communication Sciences and Disorders who has worked with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years.

Stephanie has worked with Dr. Losh since 2012, beginning as a research assistant in the lab and later as a research project manager where she played a central role in managing the lab’s ongoing grants and projects. As a doctoral student, Stephanie continues to play an important role in the lab’s projects, including working closely with families, mentoring undergraduate students, and coding and analyzing data for projects and manuscripts. She is especially interested in understanding social-communication in autism and related developmental disabilities.

Stephanie is aiming toward a career as a clinical researcher in an academic setting specializing in autism and developmental disabilities.

Stephanie earned her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

Janna Guilfoyle, Ph.D. Student
jannaguilfoyle2024@u.northwestern.edu

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.

Emily Landau, Ph.D. Student
emily.landau@u.northwestern.edu

Emily Landau is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, and is specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Neuropsychology.

Emily has worked with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for many years. Currently, Emily works closely with our participating families on recruitment and testing, and she plats a key role in data coding and analysis for several lab projects. She is especially interested in understanding social-communication in autism. Prior to joining the NDL as a graduate student, Emily was a research assistant in the NDL, and she also worked in the Developmental Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Rochester.

Emily is aiming toward a career as a pediatric neuropsychologist specializing in autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilites. She would like to work in an academic medical center where she can continue to engage in research and clinical work.

Emily earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Brain and Cognitive Science and American Sign Language from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Kritika Nayar, Ph.D. Student/Lab Co-Manager
kritikanayar2014@u.northwestern.edu

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 gene-brain-behavior relationships in children with autism and related neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her studies involve taking a multi-method approach to exploring the visual perceptual and attentional profiles associated with autism and the broad autism phenotype. Currently, she supervises several lab projects, helps mentor junior doctoral students and undergraduates, 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
shivanipatel2020@u.northwestern.edu

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
mollywinston2021@u.northwestern.edu

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
jiayinxing2018@u.northwestern.edu

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.