Alice Carter, PhD, is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Broadly, Dr. Carter’s work focuses on young children’s development in the context of family relationships. Her recent work focuses on: 1) early identification and evaluation of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers experiencing and/or at risk for later psychopathology; and 2) addressing health disparities by improving early identification, evaluation, and treatment of infants and toddlers with social communication and autism spectrum disorders.

Principal Investigator

Abbey Eisenhower, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Eisenhower is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research and clinical interests involve the early school experiences of children with autism and other developmental disabilities and the role of positive relationships with teachers, parents and peers during this period. Her areas of expertise are in Child Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, Early School Adjustment, and Treatment Outcome Research. 
Project Investigator

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Yael Dai, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut and completed her predoctoral internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Dai is interested in the development, evaluation, and implementation of interventions for children with autism and their families. Her research also focuses on promoting early identification of autism, increasing access to interventions, and treating anxiety. 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Justin Birudavol, MA, is a Project Manager with Dr. Alice Carter in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He manages projects concerning the early identification of and intervention for children with social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Previously, Justin taught kindergarten and first grade in Boston and Lawrence, MA public schools.

Project Manager   

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Cosette Davis, BS, is a Research Assistant with Dr. Carter in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Yale University. With a younger brother on the spectrum, Cosette has always been interested in learning more about autism and related disorders. In the past, she has worked to recruit participants for the SPARK study and completed a thesis project on the neurogenetics of female autism. She hopes to become a physician at a teaching hospital, providing care to underserved populations and shaping the next generation of diverse medical providers.

Research Assistant / Provider Liaison

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Sofia Lluna, BA, is a Research Assistant with Dr. Carter in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a RISE Caregiver Liaison, she organizes assessment visits and provides assistance to families at all stages of their RISE study participation. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and work closely with children from different cultures and socioeconomic statuses. 

Research Assistant / Caregiver Liaison

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Vanessa Alvarez, BA, is a Research Assistant with Dr. Carter in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her BA in Psychology from Clark University. Previously, she supported the Peer Academic Coaching Support for College Students (PASS) Project, which helps new college students with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) succeed academically. As a Caregiver Liaison, Vanessa will closely communicated with families and coordinate assessment visits. In the future, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Research Assistant / Caregiver Liaison

Consultants 

Paul Yoder, PhD, brings to the project expertise in treatment research, autism spectrum disorders, mediation, moderation, communication, language, parent-child engagement states, parent linguistic input, and treatment efficacy studies in young children with autism.

 

Shannon Stirman, PhD, researches how to facilitate the high-quality delivery of evidence-based practices for psychosocial interventions in public sector mental health settings. Dr. Stirman’s framework, used in our project, evaluates fidelity consistent and inconsistent intervention adaptations.

 

Thomas Mackie, PhD, specializes in mixed methods studies that seek to expedite the translation of evidence into policy and practice to improve access and quality of pediatric behavioral healthcare.