Solomon Lab Team
Dr. Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine. Her work is primarily focused on high functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). She studies and implements school and clinical intervention programs to help children and adolescents with ASDs. Her current research efforts extend to using cognitive neuroscience methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to study cognitive control; learning, motivation, and rewards processing; functional connectivity; and neurodevelopment from early adolescence through young adulthood in individuals affected by ASDs.
Erika Bickel, B.S.
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, B.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Erika Bickel is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator working in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab. She is a Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) certified CCRP and has experience in both sponsor and investigator initiated clinical trials in pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and Fragile X syndrome. Erika works primarily on the Specifying and Treating the Anxiety Phenotype in Autism Spectrum Disorder (STAAR) study by providing oversight and facilitating day-to-day study activities. She enjoys interacting with the variety of clinicians involved in the project as well as the study participants and their families.
Billy Cho, M.A.
B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2014
M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
Billy Cho is a visiting graduate student from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently working in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. He is involved in several projects, with responsibilities ranging from assessment administration to fMRI data acquisition and analysis. His primary research interest considers the personality profiles of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and its application to etiology, symptomatology, and treatment. During his time here, Billy will be completing his dissertation, which examines the neural correlates of personality in individuals with autism.
Cory C. Coleman, B.S.
B.S. Psychology, Minor in Computer Science, University of Oregon
Cory Coleman is a Technical Junior Specialist for the Autism Phenome Project and the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science, where he completed a thesis using machine learning techniques to gain insights into nematode locomotion behavior. He currently employs data analysis tools to attempt to uncover clinically relevant subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since receiving an adult diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome/Autism in 2012, Cory has enjoyed working with others on the Autism Spectrum, serving as a co-leader in the MIND's Adult Social Skills Program (ACCESS). A lifelong student of theater and speech, Cory regularly delivers public presentations in order to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum and to advocate for the needs of others with ASD.
Nada Dalloul, B.S.
B.S. Psychology, B.S. Applied Statistics, University of California, Davis, 2019
Nada Dalloul is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from UC Davis in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Applied Statistics. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Steve Luck’s Lab where she conducted independent research studying the neural mechanisms of visual working memory and attention using Electroencephalography (EEG). Nada currently coordinates the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies and hopes to have a career in Clinical Psychology or Neuroscience.
Amber Davis, Ph.D.
Konnor Davis, B.S.
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis
Konnor Davis is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. He graduated from UC Davis in 2019 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, he spent time at the UCDMC Emergency Department conducting research through EMRAP, the UCDMC CT Scan Department as a volunteer, and in the Solomon Lab volunteering primarily for the STAAR study. Konnor is ecstatic to continue working in the Solomon Lab after being exposed to the important clinical research that is being done on neurodevelopment disorders. Konnor currently coordinates the Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR) study as well as the Autism Phenome Project (APP). In the future, he plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine as a physician and researcher.
Kathryn King, B.S.
B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2018
Kathryn King is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated pre-med from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Lisa Oakes’ Infant Cognition Lab. She created an independent project examining mental rotation abilities in infants and explored the possibility of mental rotation being related to motor development. She presented her research at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference and at the UC Davis Psychology Research Conference in 2018. Additionally, she volunteered in the Massie Family Clinic at the UC Davis MIND Institute during her undergraduate years. Kathryn currently coordinates the Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR) study as well as the Autism Phenome Project (APP). In the future, she plans to pursue a career in pediatric psychiatry.
Marie Krug, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
B.S., Neuroscience, Union College
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of California, Davis
Dr. Krug is an Assistant Project Scientist working in Dr. Marjorie Solomon's Lab. She is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive control. In the Solomon Lab, Dr. Krug works primarily on the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. She is investigating the behavioral and neural signatures of cognitive control during adolescence and young adulthood in both typically developing and autism populations. She is also interested in emotion processing and risky decision-making in autism. Her goal is to facilitate the use of cognitive neuroscience methods to increase our understanding of autism spectrum disorders.
Emma Smith, B.A.
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
Emma Smith is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Biomedical Research. As an undergraduate, Emma did her senior thesis under Dr. Adriana Galván while working on the Development of Anxiety in Youth Study (DAYS). Specifically, Emma investigated the link between rumination and sleep quality in adolescents. At UCLA, Emma also was the Lead Research Assistant in Dr. Alissa Ellis’s thinkSMART Lab, where she delivered thinkSMART, a behavioral intervention aimed at improving executive functioning, to adolescents. She has presented her research at multiple conferences and also works for Dr. Ellis’s private practice. Emma currently coordinates the Autism Phenome Project (APP). She plans to pursue a career in neuroscience and use her findings to inform juvenile justice policy.
Rachel Wulff, B.A.
B.A. Neuroscience, Wellesley College, 2018
Rachel Wulff is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2018 with a B.A. in Neuroscience, and a minor in German Studies. As an undergrad, she worked in Dr. Christen Deveney’s lab investigating neuronal markers of emotion regulation and attention using electroencephalography (EEG). In Dr. Jeremy Wilmer’s Lab, she helped develop a new test to assess emotional facial recognition. Rachel currently works as a study coordinator for the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in cognitive neuroscience and help disseminate exciting brain research to the public.
Sebastian Xu joined the Solomon lab as a CoCoA Study Volunteer in the summer of 2017, and was hired into his current position in 2019. He assists in the scoring and entry of many of the questionnaires and interviews that participants and their families complete during their visits. Sebastian loves working on computers and he frequently uses his talent with Microsoft Office in his work in the Solomon Lab. Sebastian is currently expanding his repertoire by taking classes in graphic design and graphic vernacular. His favorite part of being in the Solomon Lab is interacting with the research assistants.
Felicia Yen is a third year undergraduate at UC Davis, and is a Student Assistant in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Cell Biology, and plans to graduate in June 2020. On campus, she is involved with the University Honors Program, The Diaper Bank Project, and Pediatric Education, Advocacy and Development Society (PEADS). In the Solomon Lab, Felicia currently helps out with primarily the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study, scoring questionnaires and maintaining the database, as well as helping out with behavioral visits and MRI scans. In the future, Felicia plans to pursue a career in healthcare, potentially in pediatrics and hopes to continue working with children with developmental disabilities.