Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, BCBA-D, is the director of the MSU Autism Lab. Dr. Ingersoll’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of social communication interventions for individuals with autism. She also conducts research on the impact of ASD on the family and the broader autism phenotype. A major emphasis of her current work is on the development of community-focused, parent-mediated interventions for young children with ASD.
Ellie Harrington, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the RISE study. She received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Oregon, and completed her predoctoral internship at the May Institute. Her clinical and research interests are centered around early childhood, and early intervention for children at risk for behavioral, mental health, and educational challenges at school entry. Clinically, her work has focused on evidence-based interventions for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and parent training. Her research has focused on parent-child factors and early environmental contexts as they relate to self-regulation in the service of academic and socioemotional components of school readiness.
Diondra Straiton, M.A., is a doctoral student in MSU’s clinical psychology program. She is interested in the implementation of evidence-based practices for ASD in community settings. Much of her recent work has focused on providers’ use of parent training interventions for youth with ASD within the Medicaid system. In her free time, Diondra enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her cat.
Anamiguel Pomales Ramos, B.S., is a doctoral student at Michigan State University’s Clinical Science program. She is interested in the development and evaluation of intervention tools, as well as facilitating access to evidence-based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, Ana enjoys cooking new recipes and watching movies.
Hannah Tokish, B.A., is a doctoral candidate in MSU’s Clinical Science program. Prior to joining the MSU Autism Lab, she completed her BA in Psychology at Cornell University and spent two years as a Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center. Hannah is interested in the design and implementation of accessible early interventions for children with ASD as well as the impact of caregiver coaching techniques on child development, parental well-being, and provider self-efficacy. When she’s not in the lab, Hannah loves to hike, take fun dance classes, and play the ukulele.
Ahmad Warraich, M.Phil., currently serves as a visiting Research Scholar at the MSU Autism Lab. He is pursuing his doctoral studies at the National Institute of Psychology, Islamabad. Mr. Warraich obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Laurentian University in Canada. His research interests revolve around the development and cultural adaptation of early interventions designed for children diagnosed with ASD. His recent research endeavors have centered on investigating the experiences of parents with children on the autism spectrum. In his spare time, he indulges in leisure cycling for relaxation and enjoys discovering new destinations.
Isabelle Saligumba, B.A., is the current Lab Manager of MSU’s Autism Lab. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology. As an undergraduate, Isabelle did research at the Koegel Autism Center working with adults with ASD. Her research interests center around working memory and executive functioning impairments within children and adolescents with ADHD. In her free time, she enjoys working out, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Anthuanet Espinel, B.S., is a Research Assistant at MSU’s Autism Lab. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Psychology and Child Learning and Development with a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Anthuanet worked and completed an honors thesis in the Think Lab. Her research interests include parent-child relationships and early interventions for children with autism. She enjoys traveling and being with friends in her free time. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Jessie Greatorex, B.A., is a research assistant at MSU’s Autism Lab. She received her B.A in Psychology with minors in Youth & Society and Cognitive Science from Michigan State University. During all four years of her undergraduate career, Jessie served as a Research Assistant in MSU’s Autism Lab, while concurrently working as a Registered Behavior Technician delivering ABA therapy to young autistic children. Her research interests include ASD in adolescence and the implementation of parent-mediated interventions in the Community Mental Health system. When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys gardening, exercising, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
- Alyssa Bonikowski is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys reading, listening to music, and her cat.
- Annabelle Cunningham is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and boating.
- Atea Nelson is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys singing, spending time with friends and family, and taking pictures.
- Claire Bongiorno is a psychology major in the College of Social Science. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, swimming, and being outside.
- Emily Assemany is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys reading, playing with my cat, and spending time with my friends and family.
- George Boulos is a human biology and neuroscience major in Lyman Briggs college who enjoys gardening, spending time outside, and practicing karate.
- Jordyn Flemming is a neuroscience major in the College of Natural Science who enjoys kayaking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
- Jozzy Rivera is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys hiking, weight training, and cooking.
- Naomi Alvarado is a psychology major at the University of Michigan Dearborn and enjoys painting, reading, and hanging out with friends.
- Nicole (Grace) Kim is a marketing major in Broad College of Business who enjoys the mountains, board games, and quality time with loved ones.
- Olivia Bowman is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys reading, musical theatre, and watching movies.
- Riley Hopper is a human bio major in the College of Natural Science, who enjoys being with family and friends and traveling.
- Saahiti Kurella is a neuroscience major in the College of Natural Science who enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
- Seth Siskonen is a neuroscience major in the College of Natural Science who enjoys climbing, traveling and exercising.
- Sravani Sunkara is a human biology major in Lymans Briggs College who enjoys listening to music, playing board games with family and friends, and knitting.
- Taylor Groothuis is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys thrift shopping, acting, and playing outside with her dog.
- Ashley Poothurail is a psychology major in the College of Social Sciences who enjoys traveling, spending time with family & friends, and doing different forms of Indian dance.
- Charlotte Cline is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys reading, watching movies, and art.
- Ali Steurer is a neuroscience and psychology double major in the Lyman Briggs College who enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her friends.
- Lexi Zydeck is a physiology and psychology dual major who enjoys figure skating, traveling, and trying out new coffee shops.
- Allison Miller is a neuroscience major in Lyman Briggs College who enjoys being outside with friends and family.
- Haley Price is a psychology major in the College of Social Science who enjoys painting, journaling, and being outside.
- Katherine Walton, PhD., Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
- Allison Wainer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College
- Natalie Berger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Rush University Medical Center
- Katherine Pickard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marcus Autism Center, Emory University
- KC Berry, Ph.D., ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing
- Kate Shannon, Ph.D., Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services (BRAINS), Grand Rapids
- Nikki Bonter, MSW, Social Worker, Great Lakes Psychology Group
- Kate Bailey, M.A., Doctoral student at Vanderbilt University
- Kaylin Russell, B.A., Doctoral student at University of California-Santa Barbara
- Karís Casagrande, Ph.D., Post Doc at the University of Washington.
- Julia Nauman, B.S., Doctoral student at the Ohio State University.
- Mya Howard, B.S., Doctoral student at the University of Virginia
- Sanchia Fernandes, B.A., Masters student at Boston College School of Social Work.
- Kyle Frost, Ph.D., Post Doc at UMass Chan Medical School