Jennifer Wood, BA

 

Jennifer is a Clinical Research Assistant working on the Infant Brain Imaging Study. This study looks at differences in brain patterns between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. This studies’ goals are to learn how the brain develops and to look for atypical patterns of brain growth in infancy. Jennifer graduated from Temple University in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. At Temple, Jennifer worked for two years on a Child Health and Behavior Study which examined risk and resilience factors that affect disadvantaged youth. This study investigated child-specific and contextual factors and their effects on children’s social and psychological adjustment.

 

Additionally, Jennifer spent her last year as an undergraduate working on Project ACCESS in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This study was focused on implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (SWPBIS) in six schools within the School District of Philadelphia. This project incorporated a multi-tier intervention system to offer intensive support to children with both behavioral and emotional issues. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Saint Joseph’s University, earning her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Behavior Analysis. She is interested in the implementation of early behavioral intervention programs and their effect on the brain-behavior relationship.