Solomon Lab

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D. Principal Investigator

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.

Erika BickelSenior 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.

Billy ChoGraduate Student
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.

Cory ColemanJunior Specialist
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.

Nada DalloulJunior Specialist
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.

Amber Davis, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Davis is a Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She completed her MSW from Florida State University in 2013 and attained her B.S. from the University of Florida in 2010. She completed her PhD in Social Work from Howard University in 2019 where she focused on disability policy, the medical home, and transition age youth receiving SSI. Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a keen interest in the intersectionality of disability, class/SES, race and other markers of difference that impact functioning and integration into society. In the Solomon lab, she is working on the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study looking at long-term outcomes of youth with autism and other functional impairments with a primary focus on the experiences of African American youth. Dr. Davis’s career goal is to a play a significant role in reducing health disparities in communities of color.

Konnor Davis, B.S.

Konnor DavisJunior Specialist
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. 

Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.

Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
B.Sc., Psychology, Roehampton University
M.Sc., Neuropsychology, University of Bristol
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Dr. Gordon is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. He is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques as applied to human memory updating and fallibility. He graduated from Roehampton University, London with a BSc in Psychology in 2012. He completed his MSc in Neuropsychology in 2014, and PhD in 2018 at the University of Bristol, where he worked on designing novel neuroimaging paradigms to study how memory is updated in the face of corrective information. In the Solomon Lab, Dr. Gordon principally works on the neuroimaging aspect of the Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR) study, as well as investigating how cognition may differ both behaviorally and neurologically between typically developing individuals and those with autism.

Kathryn King, B.S.

Kathryn KingJunior Specialist
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.

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.

Rachel Wulff, B.A.

Rachel WulffJunior Specialist
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.

Felicia Yen

Felicia YenStudent Assistant

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.