Sonny Russell

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Clinical Research Assistant

Alison (Sonny) Russell works at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) as a Clinical Research Assistant. She works primarily on a randomized controlled trial intended to determine the efficacy of a virtual reality-based intervention aimed at improving police safety skills in autistic individuals. She also works on a study examining the trajectories of congruence/incongruence between assigned sex & gender in young autistic children. In addition, she supports a study using linguistic and fMRI data from the IBIS Network to find specific vocalization characteristics that differentiate infants later diagnosed with ASD from other children.

Sonny graduated from Vassar College in 2020 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Sonny plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology where she can engage further in research and clinical work grounded in affirmative care, autism advocacy, and intersectionality.