Kimberly Tena is a Clinical Research Assistant at the Center for Autism Research (CAR). She primarily coordinates Vocal Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder (VBM), a joint project between CAR and the University of Pennsylvania's Linguistic Data Consortium. VBM aims to identify and understand the unique ways children with autism speak in comparison to their typically developing peers.
Kim earned her BA in Psychology and BA in Sociology from Stony Brook University. As an undergraduate research assistant, she worked on several projects aimed at understanding the social and emotional functioning of individuals on the autism spectrum. Following graduation in 2018, Kim ran social groups at a school serving twice-exceptional learners. Kim is driven by the children, families, and educators she's worked with to pursue a graduate degree and provide culturally competent support to children with autism.