Learning the science and art of research.

Stephanie Crawford, Research Project Manager

Stephanie Crawford has worked in the NDL since 2012, and is now the lab’s project manager.  She also serves as primary coordinator for NU’s Communication Research Registry.

Currently in the NDL, Stephanie manages day-to-day grant activities – she recruits and enrolls study participants; administers research assessments; compiles, codes, and processes data; coordinates data management activities across multiple projects; coordinates hiring; facilitates onboarding and training; manages fulltime staff, graduate students, and undergrads; and conducts reviews and provides regular feedback to project staff.

Stephanie earned her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa, and continues to study at Northwestern.

Nancy Dunbar, Research Project Coordinator

Nancy Dunbar is a student in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies’ pre-medicine post-baccalaureate program.

One of Nancy’s research interests is studying the gastrointestinal functioning of family members of people with autism to see what it might suggest about the genetics of autism. 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 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 Assistant

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.

Emily Landau, Research Project Assistant

Emily Landau has worked with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities for years. Currently, Emily works closely with our participating families on recruiting and testing, and plays a key role in data coding and analysis for several lab projects. She also helps train and supervise the lab’s undergraduate research assistants. Prior to joining NDL as a postgrad, Emily was an undergrad research assistant herself, working two summers at NDL, and during the school year in the Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory at the University of Rochester, NY.

Emily intends to continue her academic pursuits by attending graduate school in Clinical Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Brain & Cognitive Science and American Sign Language at the University of Rochester.

Ellen Patterson, Research Project Assistant

Ellen Patterson enjoys working closely with children with autism, and loves contributing to research on language differences in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Currently, Ellen plays a central role in the lab, working with participant families and the community to plan recruitment events and testing trips. She also helps train and manage undergraduate research assistants working in the lab. Prior to joining NDL full-time, as was an undergraduate student in the lab, and worked in the Psychiatric Department of Chicago’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Ellen intends to continue her academic pursuits by attending graduate school in Child Development & Family Studies, Counseling, or Social Work. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services at Northwestern.