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Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, BCBA-D, is the director of the MSU Autism Lab. On the RISE study, she is the Principal Investigator for MSU’s site. Dr. Ingersoll’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of social communication interventions for individuals with autism. She also conducts research on the impact of ASD on the family and the broader autism phenotype. A major emphasis of her current work is on the development of community-focused, parent-mediated interventions for young children with ASD.

Principal Investigator


Amy Drahota, PhD, is an assistant professor at MSU. She is serving as a Co-Investigator on the RISE study. Her work is in the area of autism and implementation science. As Co-I, she will be working with the implementation team to better understand how providers adapt the intervention for their settings.


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Ellie Harrington, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the RISE study. She received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Oregon, and completed her predoctoral internship at the May Institute. Her clinical and research interests are centered around early childhood, and early intervention for children at risk for behavioral, mental health, and educational challenges at school entry. Clinically, her work has focused on evidence-based interventions for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and parent training. Her research has focused on parent-child factors and early environmental contexts as they relate to self-regulation in the service of academic and socioemotional components of school readiness.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 


Isabelle Saligumba, B.A., is the current Lab Manager of MSU’s Autism Lab. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology. As an undergraduate, Isabelle did research at the Koegel Autism Center working with adults with ASD. Her research interests center around working memory and executive functioning impairments within children and adolescents with ADHD. In her free time, she enjoys working out, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Project Coordinator/Research Assistant

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Anthuanet Espinel, B.S., is a Research Assistant at MSU’s Autism Lab. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Psychology and Child Learning and Development with a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Anthuanet worked and completed an honors thesis in the Think Lab. Her research interests include parent-child relationships and early interventions for children with autism. She enjoys traveling and being with friends in her free time. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Research Assistant/Caregiver Liaison 


Thuan Tran, B.A., graduated with a BA in psychology from Luther College (’21) and a MS in developmental disorders at Nottingham University (’22). She has clinical and research experience with autistic children. Thuan did a year of post-bacc at Stanford University in a neuroimaging lab administering PRT. She wants to further explore early comprehensive autism interventions that can be adaptable and feasible to rural areas, while taking into consideration rural barriers. To balance her work life out, she enjoys cooking, working out, and exploring new restaurants.

Research Assistant/Provider Liaison


Anamiguel Pomales Ramos, B.S., is a doctoral student at Michigan State University’s Clinical Science program. She is interested in the development and evaluation of intervention tools, as well as facilitating access to evidence-based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, Ana enjoys cooking new recipes and watching movies. 

Doctoral Student


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Hannah Tokish, B.A., is a doctoral candidate in MSU’s Clinical Science program. Prior to joining the MSU Autism Lab, she completed her BA in Psychology at Cornell University and spent two years as a Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center. Hannah is interested in the design and implementation of accessible early interventions for children with ASD as well as the impact of caregiver coaching techniques on child development, parental well-being, and provider self-efficacy. When she’s not in the lab, Hannah loves to hike, take fun dance classes, and play the ukulele. 

Research Assistant

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Other MSU Team Members:

  • Anamiguel Pomales Ramos, MA

  • Diondra Straiton, MA

  • Kyle Frost, PhD

Read more about MSU’s Lab and Team Here:

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