RESEARCH FACULTY & STAFF
Carla A Mazefsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Patricia McCarroll, MS
Kelly Beck, Ph.D., LPC
Caitlin Conner, Ph.D.
Jessie Nortrup, Ph.D.
Shannondora Sloan, M.Ed.
EASE Project Coordinator and Clinician
Michelle Perrin, MBA
Geoffrey Keller, BA
ADDIRC Research Assistant
EASE-ID Project Coordinator
Dr. Mazefsky enjoys working with trainees of diverse educational backgrounds and is honored to support the career development of both future researchers and clinicians. Examples of some trainee mechanisms that can support work in the REAACT lab include the undergraduate Directed Research course in the Pitt Psychology Department, the scholarly projects of Pitt medical students, and the Psychiatry Department’s T32 on Training the Next Generation of Mental Health Researchers (PI Brent). Those interested in post-doctoral fellowships are encouraged to contact Dr. Mazefsky regarding availability (those interested in research careers are preferred, though Dr. Mazefsky is a licensed psychologist and can also provide clinical supervision). Dr. Mazefsky also looks forward to working with clinical psychology pre-doctoral interns at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Finally, she will gladly support motivated trainees who would like to seek foundation or NIH funding for training fellowships in the REAACT Lab. Dr. Mazefsky is currently not able to accept clinical psychology graduate students as a primary mentor.
Caitlin Conner, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow; Graduated from Virginia Tech’s clinical psychology program
Conner Kerns, PhD., Assistant Professor at Drexel; Dr. Mazefsky is a consultant on her NIH K23 Career Development Award focused on The Assessment of Traumatic Events and Trauma-related Symptoms in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Emilie Transue, B.S., Current Pitt medical student research trainee who is completing her scholarly project with REAACT
Xenia Borue, M.D./Ph.D., former psychiatry fellow who is now in private practice at Full Spectrum Psychiatry
Jessie Northrup, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Clinical Psychology Post-doctoral Scholar; Completed her graduate training at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology
Erin Whaite, B.S., Pitt medical student who completed a summer research fellowship with REAACT Holly Gastgeb, Ph.D., former post-doctoral fellow who is now in private practice at Associates in Behavioral and Diagnostics and Treatment and continuing to conduct assessments on our research studies
Taylor Day, B.S. ,now a graduate student at Florida State University
Shivani Patel, B.S., Graduate of the undergraduate Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Jordan Doman, University of Pennsylvania student who completed an Autism Science Foundation summer fellowship with REAACT
Bianca Montelmont, B.S., Graduate from Lincoln University who completed a year-long research fellowship with REAACT through Intramural Pittsburgh Research Training Award Program for Students with Undergraduate Degrees in the Sciences from Diverse and Underrepresented Backgrounds
Allie Hughes, M.S., graduate of the Master’s program in applied developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
Jess Walton, B.S., California University of Pennsylvania student who completed an internship as an undergraduate with REAACT
Julia Kao, M.D., Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; completed a T-32 funded summer research fellowship with REAACT as well as her medical scholarly project
Dissertation and thesis advisees
Conner, Caitlin (2008-2009; Senior Honors Thesis). Comorbidity and Family History of Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents with High-functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology.
Rump, Keiren (2008 – 2010; Dissertation). Affective experience in adolescents with autism: An EMA study. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology. Glossner, Rick (2009 – 2011; Dissertation). Examination of the Relationship between the Child Behavior Checklist 6/16 and the Social Responsiveness Parent Forms on Individuals with High-functioning Autism. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Educational and School Psychology Department.
Wilkinson, Desiree (2010; Comprehensive Exam). The development of autism in infancy: How does atypical social, communicative, and motor development contribute to the autism phenotype? University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology.
Hannigen, Sarah (2012 – 2014; Dissertation). The production and perception of facial expressions by infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorder. University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology. Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick (2013 – 2015; Dissertation). Social disability and social functioning in adults with autism: The role of biological stress response. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA.
Patel, Shivani (2013-2014; Undergraduate Thesis). Anger rumination in ASD. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neuroscience, Pittsburgh, PA. Indranath Jayasinghe (2015; Doctoral Thesis). Reactivity and attention to valenced non-social stimuli in typical development and autism. La Trobe University, Department of Neuropsychology, Australia.
Northrup, Jessie (2016-present; Dissertation). Development of coordinated communication over the first year of life. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology, Pittsburgh, PA. Paula Webster (2016-present; Dissertation). Delineating Autism Subtypes Based on Sensory Profiles and Neuronal Function. West Virginia University, Department of Neuroscience, Morgantown, WV.