Meghan Miller, Ph.D.

Meghan Miller, Ph.D.Principal Investigator

Meghan Miller, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute. Her research uses a developmental psychopathology framework to understand the early emergence of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on ASD and ADHD. The long-range goal is that this work will help identify factors that account for the transition from risk to disorder, and will be highly translational, delineating core shared processes to be targeted by transdiagnostic prevention and early intervention efforts. Dr. Miller is also a licensed clinical psychologist.

Girija Kadlaskar, Ph.D.

Girija Kadlaskar, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow

Girija Kadlaskar, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Autism Research Training Program. She received her Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University where she examined sensory processing, particularly touch, in infants at risk for, as well as in older children diagnosed with, ASD. Her current research is focused on understanding the developmental trajectories of sensory processing differences in infants at risk for ASD and ADHD. The long-term goal is to examine whether differences in sensory response patterns could serve as reliable early risk markers for ASD and ADHD. Dr. Kadlaskar is also an examiner for the LAAMB and Early Risk Studies.

Kimberly Marrs, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow

Kimberly Marrs, M.S., CF-SLP is a speech-language pathology clinical fellow. Kimberly graduated with her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University, Sacramento, and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis. Her passion for working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families started while she was a speech-language pathologist assistant at a private practice. Since then, she has continued clinical practice and research with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities or genetic conditions through a variety of school, medical, and clinical settings. Kimberly's professional interests include speech sound disorders, language development, feeding disorders, and social communication disorders from birth through adolescence.

Jocelynn Morales-Martinez, B.S.

Jocelynn Morales-MartinezJunior Specialist

Jocelynn Morales-Martinez is a Junior Specialist with the Early Risk Study and the LAAMB Study at the MIND Institute. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a Biological Emphasis and a minor in Spanish from the University of California Davis. Her research interests include the early manifestation of ASD and ADHD in infants, and the impact early intervention has on later development and cognition. In the future, Jocelynn hopes to continue her education and pursue a career in Clinical Psychology.

Soo Yeon Park, B.S.

Research Data Analyst

Soo Park, B.S. is a Research Data Analyst at the MIND Institute. She received a B.S. in statistics and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis combining her interest in statistical methods and the field of mental health. Soo serves multiple research teams and projects with various data-related tasks.

Tonya Piergies, B.A.

Tonya PiergiesPh.D. Student, Developmental Psychology

Tonya Piergies is a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student. In 2019, she earned her B.A. from Carleton College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Neuroscience. Her research interests are focused on tracking social communication and self-regulation development from infancy through the preschool period among children at increased likelihood for ASD and ADHD. Tonya is also an examiner for the LAAMB, Early Risk, and TEDI studies.

Andrea Schneider, Ph.D.

Andrea Schneider, Ph.D.Examiner

Dr. Andrea Schneider has over 20 years of experience working in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. As a researcher and licensed psychologist, she integrates translational research with her clinical background that provides unique insights individuals affected by fragile X-related disorders, autism, and ADHD. Dr. Schneider received her Ph.D. from the University of Postdam.

Carrie Silver, Ph.D.

Carrie Silver, Ph.D.Examiner

Dr. Silver is a licensed clinical psychologist at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her interests include diagnostic assessment of neurodevelopmental and mental health concerns in children. She also has specialized training in providing evidenced based therapy with at risk youth including those with a history of trauma. Dr. Silver earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Suffolk University.

Mak Soller, B.A.

Mak SollerJunior Specialist

Mak Soller is a Junior Specialist in the Miller Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She received a B.A. in Psychology and two minors in Human Development and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests surround how early identification and behavioral intervention of ADHD and ASD might impact affected children long-term over the course of development. In the future, Mak hopes to continue her education to work with children in a developmental or clinical setting.

Kimberly Tena, B.A.

Kimberly TenaAssistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Kimberly Tena is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the MIND Institute. Kim joined the Miller Lab following a research assistantship at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is passionate about addressing the socio-cultural factors impacting school-based and early intervention accessibility. Kim is driven by the children, families, and educators with whom she’s worked to pursue a graduate degree and provide culturally responsive support to neurodiverse children.

Gregory S. Young, Ph.D.

Gregory S. Young, Ph.D.Co-Investigator

Dr. Gregory Young is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a developmental psychologist. He specializes in longitudinal research design and analysis, with an interest in eye-tracking and behavioral coding as ways to measure intra-individual change as it relates to typical development and the early onset of developmental disorders such as autism. He collaborates with Dr. Miller on studies of the onset of and overlap between autism and ADHD in infants and young children, with Drs. Sally Rogers and Sally Ozonoff on studies of the onset and treatment of autism in infant siblings and young preschoolers, and with Dr. Julie Schweitzer on the role of norepinephrine and the locus coeruleus in ADHD as measured by pupil dilation dynamics. Dr. Young also has specific interests and expertise in statistical analysis techniques using hierarchical generalized models as applied to growth curve analysis, Rasch measurement modeling, and sequential analysis of time series data. Additionally, he has expertise in database programming and advanced data processing algorithms for use with methodologies such as eye-tracking and behavioral coding.

Yue Yu, Ph.D.

Yue Yu, Ph.D.Examiner/Postdoctoral Fellow

Yue Yu, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the MIND Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. Her clinical interests include assessment and treatment of ASD in children, and research interests include psychosocial outcomes in families of children with ASD. She is also interested in dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for ASD. Dr. Yu is also an examiner for the LAAMB and Early Risk Studies.


Ana-Maria Iosif, Ph.D.

Ana-Maria IosifBiostatistician

Ana-Maria Iosif, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Her primary methodological research interest lies in the analyses of data with complex structure, including repeated measures, longitudinal assessments with dropouts, and clustered data with informative cluster size. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on mental health and she enjoys a very productive collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Burt Hatch, Ph.D.

Burt HatchCollaborator

Burt Hatch, Ph.D., completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the MIND Institute’s Autism Research Training Program in 2020. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Otago, where he studied emotional and social information processing in children with ADHD as well as the impact of behavioral interventions targeting infant sleep on early childhood functioning. His current research is focused understanding the extent to which different disorders that emerge across infancy to childhood-particularly autism spectrum disorder and ADHD- overlap in terms of particular risk factors and functional outcomes. He is currently a Researcher and Lecturer in Psychology at the Institute for Social Neuroscience in Victoria, Australia.

Erica Musser, Ph.D.

Erica Musser, Ph.D.Collaborator

Erica Musser, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. Her work focuses on the development of typical and atypical behavioral, cognitive, and emotional functioning in youth, especially among youth with ADHD. Dr. Musser is a Co-Investigator on the LAAMB Study.

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.Collaborator

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis. She is a past Joint Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on earliest manifestations of ASD and infant screening and diagnosis. Since 2003, she has directed a prospective investigation that follows children at familial risk for ASD from birth through adolescence. She and her team are also developing a video-based screening tool for autism in infancy. In a new project, she and colleagues in Engineering are exploring artificial intelligence approaches to detection of ASD-relevant behaviors in video. She has published over 150 papers and three books on autism-related topics and her work on early diagnosis has appeared on the television show 60 Minutes.


Meagan Talbott, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and an Assistant Professional Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University and subsequent T32-funded post-doctoral training through the Autism Research Training Program at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Dr. Talbott’s research focuses on early communication and language development in infants at-risk and toddlers with autism spectrum disorders, with the overall goal of improving early identification and targeted treatments. One of Dr. Talbott's ongoing NIH-funded studies involves a collaboration with our team and families enrolled in the LAAMB Study. This study involves validating the TEDI, a distance-based telehealth screener and assessment of ASD symptoms and infant development.