I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I am also the director of the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab.
I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at Emory University, with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Cognition & Development, and completed an internship in Child Clinical Psychology as well as post-doctoral training in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. As director of the UWM Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab, my research focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I have published research about the cognitive, adaptive, and personality characteristics of children with Williams syndrome and about the early cognitive and behavioral phenotype of children with neurofibromatosis type 1.
Current research projects related to Williams syndrome include examination of the socio-communicative difficulties of children with Williams syndrome that overlap with the autism spectrum, the emotional regulation abilities of both children with Williams syndrome, development of a manualized developmentally-informed cognitive-behavior therapy intervention for the treatment of anxiety and fear in young children with Williams syndrome. Current research related to neurofibromatosis type 1 include longitudinal examination of cognitive and psychosocial functioning beginning in the preschool years, social, cognitive, and academic outcomes in school-age children with NF1, and the reliability and validity of measures of attention in the preschool years. I am also conducting research on the behavioral phenotype of children with Duplication 7q11.23 syndrome, with a focus on characterizing social functioning, areas of psychopathology risk, and autism spectrum symptomatology.