People

Principal Investigator

Greg Wallace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London in the UK, and he completed his postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. His interests include tennis, reading, and traveling.

Greg Wallace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London in the UK, and he completed his postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. His interests include tennis, reading, and traveling.

Lab Manager

Cynthia Peng is the lab manager for the Laboratory of Autism and Developmental Neuroscience. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where she completed her thesis under Dr. Marlene Behrmann, investigating hemispheric differences in higher-order visual perception. She studied visual expertise in music notation perception under Dr. Isabel Gauthier at Vanderbilt University, and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in the Lab of Brain and Cognition under Dr. Alex Martin at the NIH. Cynthia has broad interests in neuroaesthetics, medical humanities, and visual and auditory cognition. Outside of lab, she enjoys music, figure skating, photography, and reading the Onion.

Cynthia Peng is the lab manager for the Laboratory of Autism and Developmental Neuroscience. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where she completed her thesis under Dr. Marlene Behrmann, investigating hemispheric differences in higher-order visual perception. She studied visual expertise in music notation perception under Dr. Isabel Gauthier at Vanderbilt University, and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship in the Lab of Brain and Cognition under Dr. Alex Martin at the NIH. Cynthia has broad interests in neuroaesthetics, medical humanities, and visual and auditory cognition. Outside of lab, she enjoys music, figure skating, photography, and reading the Onion.

Graduate Students

Emily Brodsky is pursing her masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the George Washington University. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently researching self-ratings of sensory processing in adolescents and adults with ASD and clinical correlates of sensory related behaviors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring DC with her dog, Nelly.

Emily Brodsky is pursing her masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the George Washington University. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently researching self-ratings of sensory processing in adolescents and adults with ASD and clinical correlates of sensory related behaviors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring DC with her dog, Nelly.

Julie

Julie Erthal is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the George Washington University. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she earned both her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her research investigates the relationships between empathy and other psychopathological correlates in persons with autism. Outside the lab, she enjoys yoga, hanging out by the ocean, and brushing up on her Spanish.

Kellie

Kellie Ileto was born and raised in the DC Metropolitan Area. She attended University of Rochester where she majored in Psychology and minored in Religion and Classics. After graduation she moved to Baltimore, MD where she worked for three years as a Research Early Interventionist with children with Autism and attended Johns Hopkins University where she received her Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kellie is now a second year graduate student/clinician in George Washington University’s Speech-Language Pathology Masters Program. Outside of her academics, she enjoys running, coxing for the Baltimore Rowing Club, gardening, hiking and bird watching.

Lizzy

Lizzie Pollastri is a graduate student pursuing a M.A. degree in speech-language pathology at GWU. She is from Bolton, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University in 2014, majoring in speech and hearing sciences. Lizzie is currently conducting a literature review on selective eating behaviors for Dr. Wallace, which will be used for an upcoming study on the topic. Outside of school, she enjoys jogging, hiking, baking and traveling.

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Anna Schnizler is a graduate student at the George Washington University pursuing her masters in Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology in 2014, then returned to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and worked as a paraprofessional for a year before returning to school. Her research focuses on the selective eating habits of children and adolescents with ASD. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and going to concerts.

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Bhairvi Trivedi is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at GW. She graduated from GW in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Speech & Hearing Sciences. Her research interests include social cognition, behavior, and parental/environmental factors that affect development in atypical and typical individuals. She is currently researching structural brain development and behavioral correlates in Autism and typically developing individuals using MRI scans. Outside of the lab she enjoys music, reading, drawing, and digital media editing.

 

Undergraduate Students

Shreya

Shreya Chaturvedi is a senior from Wayne, NJ at the George Washington University, double majoring in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology. She is currently interested in the biological, neurological and cognitive underpinnings of human communication, chiefly in clinical populations with Aphasia, Autism and Speech – Sound Disorders. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running and reading.

Laura

Laura Crouse is a senior at the George Washington University majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with concentrations in Speech-Language Pathology and Language and Culture as well as a minor in Public Health. Her research interests include social cognition, language acquisition, autism, and educational interventions in speech-language disorders. She is originally from Rhode Island and enjoys reading, volunteering, hiking and serving on the executive board of GW NSSLHA in her free time.

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Liz Dlugi is a current Junior at the George Washington University, majoring in psychology and minoring in mind-brain studies. She is originally from Chester, New Jersey.Liz is extremely passionate about clinical psychology, and hopes to one day work with children with autism and adolescents with depression and anxiety. She is currently involved in a research project pertaining to the psychology of religion and spirituality. Liz enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring different ethnic cuisines in her free time.

Pearl

Pearl Kravets is a Sophomore at George Washington University majoring in Psychology. She is originally from West Windsor, New Jersey. She is currently rating MRI scan quality for a study correlating gyrification indexes with behavioral survey results. She is interested in working with children and adolescents with Autism. In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching Community, and cooking with her friends. She mostly only knows how to make pasta, but it’s still a good time.

Esha

Esha Mehta is a junior at the George Washington University studying Public Health and Psychology. She is originally from upstate New York, and enjoys running,practicing yoga, attempting to cook, and traveling in her free time. She spent Fall of 2015 studying abroad in Thailand. She is also a recipient of the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship, funding her research on changes in cortical thickness in individuals with ASD.

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Emily Richard is a current undergraduate student at the George Washington University from Plymouth, Massachusetts. She is studying psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology. Emily is especially interested in clinical psychology, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental disabilities in children and adolescents. Her other interests include playing the violin, studying foreign languages, and ballroom dance.

Caylynn

Caylynn Yao is currently a junior at the George Washington University majoring in psychology with a cognitive neuroscience concentration and music minor. Her research interests span several areas, including brain structures as they relate to clinical disorders and the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases with music. She is currently analyzing brain scans within different constructs in the lab. Also a self-proclaimed globetrotter, she enjoys surfing, hiking, photography, concerts, and macarons in her free time.

Yusif

Yusif Ziyazade is a senior majoring in Biology, minoring in Psychology at the George Washington University. He will be working in the lab analyzing large-scale neuroimaging datasets and literature searches. His interests include psychiatry, abnormal psychology, linguistics, medicine, pharmaceuticals, multilingualism and the brain. In his spare time, Yusif enjoys photography, image/video editing and post production, soccer, movies, travel, languages.

 

Alumni

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Mandee Kulaga Parker completed her master’s thesis (Exaggerated Rhythm and Intonation Foster Receptive Language in School-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder) under the direction of Dr. Wallace in the Lab of Autism and Developmental Neuroscience. She earned her M.A. from the George Washington University and her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Theatre and English & American Literature. Mandee currently works at Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic in Redmond, Washington as a clinical fellow. Burgeoning specialties and interests include: music and language, voice disorders, dysphagia and other laryngeal dysfunction (including head and neck cancer); and cognitive-linguistic deficits and disorders. In her free time, Mandee enjoys running, hiking, singing, skiing, and reading.

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