Jennifer is a Clinical Research Assistant at the Center for Autism Research (CAR), working on the “Maximizing Outcomes for Children with Autism” (MOCA) study. The MOCA Study aims to gain insight into which type of preschool early intervention service is most appropriate for which children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), given an individual’s unique ASD presentation. Specifically, Jennifer focuses on the Executive Function aspect of this study, assessing attention and memory skills in preschool-aged children with an ASD diagnosis. She is also working on the Project EVO study, which aims to assess the feasibility and efficacy of an interactive video game intervention for executive function deficits in autism. Jen is also interested in interventions for ADHD in children and understanding how an individual’s needs may differ when ADHD symptoms are present with a comorbid ASD diagnosis.
Jennifer graduated with honors from Binghamton University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, on the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) track. During her undergraduate career, Jennifer worked as a research assistant in several psychology labs, completing her honors thesis on the role of locus of control on women’s pregnancy decision-making. She also worked as a teacher’s aide and completed her clinical practicum hours at the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University, administering discrete trial interventions for children with ASD. In the future, Jennifer plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.