Learning the science and art of research.
Nancy Dunbar, Research Project Co-Manager
Nancy Dunbar recently completed Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies’ pre-medicine post-baccalaureate certificate program.
Currently, Nancy plays a central role working with families in lab studies. She is also deeply involved in data coding and analysis, as well as helping with training and supervising the lab’s undergraduate research assistants. Prior to joining the NDL, she was a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit in Baltimore, MD.
Nancy’s career goal is to go to medical school and become a physician specializing in pediatrics. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Northwestern, where she worked as a student in the NDL, and served as the captain of the Northwestern Varsity Lacrosse Team.
Anne Taylor, Senior Project Coordinator
Anne Taylor is a research project coordinator who has worked with Dr. Losh and collaborator Dr. Martin for over a decade, and has played a key role in developing new research directions in the lab. She works remotely for the NDL from Chapel Hill, NC.
Anne has more than a decade of experience working on nationally funded research projects that examine various aspects of language and cognitive development in individuals with autism. Currently, Anne: coordinates personnel and budget activities; leads grant submissions, progress reports, and other project product; manages data administration, coding, and processing; and supervises and mentors research assistants, students, and volunteers.
Anne especially enjoys helping graduate students navigate the grant proposal process, so that they can become successful independent researchers.
Anne earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina.
Gabby Dillman, Research Project Coordinator
Gabrielle Dillman is an Applied Behavioral Analysis [ABA] student working toward her Master’s degree.
Gabby has been working with children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities for years; with a brother who was diagnosed with autism as a child, she has an extremely personal connection to her work. Currently, Gabby works closely with participating families, codes and works through different data, and plans and recruits for lab-related events. Prior to joining NDL, she was a research assistant in two labs at the University of Iowa.
Gabby is excited to be moving toward an eventual career as an ABA therapist, working with children at all ages and stages who are affected by developmental differences.
Gabby earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Human Relations and Child Development at the University of Iowa.
Brianna Barenberg , Research Assistant
Brianna Barenberg is currently in the Northwestern School of Professional Studies Pre-Medicine Certificate Program while also volunteering in the Exercise & Health Laboratory at Northwestern’s downtown campus. Upon completion of her program, Brianna hopes to go to medical school and become an orthopedic or trauma surgeon.
Currently, Brianna plays a variety of roles in the lab involving recruitment of participants, data coding and analysis, as well as a range of administrative duties. Prior to joining the NDL, Brianna worked in the Visual and Embodied Cognition Lab in the cognitive science department at University of California Santa Cruz.
Brianna earned her B.A. in Linguistics from University of California Santa Cruz.
Lauren deTorres, Research Assistant
Before working at the NDL, Lauren spent her previous summers interning for Pony Power Therapies, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with disabilities, and completing autism research on the ‘Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism’ iPhone application developed by ImagiRation, LLC.
Lauren earned her B.A. in Psychological Science with a minor in Educational Studies at Colgate University while being a member of the Varsity swim team. She received high honors on her senior thesis, Parental Emotion Socialization and Children’s Physiological Regulation as Predictors of Children’s Emotion Regulation, and hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Abhi Jadhav, Research Assistant
Abhi Jadhav is actively continuing his education as a student of Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies’ advanced studies program in biology post-baccalaureate certificate program.
Prior to joining the NDL lab, Abhi earned is B.A. in Neuroscience and Human Biology and Kinesiology from Colorado College and was heavily involved with the school’s Sports Medicine Program. Currently, Abhi plays a variety of roles in the lab involving recruitment of participants, data coding and analysis, as well as a range of administrative duties.
Abhi’s future goals are to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatric neurosurgery.
Megan Waxman, Research Assistant
Megan Waxman just graduated from Northwestern University with the class of 2020 with a BS in Human Communication Sciences and a double major in Psychology. Prior to joining NDL as staff, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant and was involved in a variety of tasks.
Megan has always been passionate about working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, from her work as a 1:1 Keshet counselor, to giving free music lessons and leading the curriculum at Northwestern’s Academy of Music and Art for Special Education (AMASE).
Megan hopes to continue working in the fields of neurodevelopmental disabilities and mental health by eventually pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.