Ashley Pallathra is a Clinical Research Assistant in the Brodkin Laboratory at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She both coordinates and carries out the NIMH-funded behavioral intervention study entitled "Services to Enhance Social Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder", which is testing a novel treatment program aimed at reducing social anxiety and enhancing social cognition and social skills, in adults with ASD. In a collaborative study between UPenn and the Center for Autism Research at CHOP, Ashley also works on a study of the development of social attention, social cognition, and motor function from childhood through adulthood in individuals with ASD. Ashley graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior and a minor in Hispanic Studies. As an undergraduate student, she completed an honors thesis in social neuroscience with Dr. Edward Brodkin and volunteered on the SEED and EARLI studies at the Center for Autism Research.