Dr. de Marchena is a T32 fellow at the Center for Autism Research, through the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). She received her doctorate from the University of Connecticut with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. de Marchena completed her clinical internship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with rotations through a range of interdisciplinary clinics. Her clinical interests include early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as comorbidity between ASD and other psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and ADHD. Dr. de Marchena's research interests are focused on communication skills in ASD across the lifespan, including co-speech gesture, pragmatic language, and language acquisition. She is also interested in the emergence of early intentional communication. The focus of Dr. de Marchena's T32 project will be on the relationship between atypicalities of motor development in infancy and early social communication skills.