Alisa is a clinical research assistant working closely with graduate student Caitlin Clements to create and standardize an online IQ test that will be easy for individuals to take at home. The test will be used for future large-scale research projects, including a study looking at the genetic background of intellectual ability and autistic traits within families. Alisa also contributes to other initiatives at CAR including the Next Steps workshops for families, data processing and management, recruitment, and managing clinical study visits.
Alisa graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2015 with double Bachelor of Science degrees in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) and in Statistics. Her honors thesis looked at theory of mind, specifically the depth of reasoning used when inferring what motivated someone to choose one option in a game over another. In the future, she would like to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.