Faculty Mentor: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh PhD
Research Lab: The A–Z Lab
Emily Kilroy is a postdoctoral scholar at USC and is collaborating with UCLA on a study investigating the relationship between gut microbiota and social processing in ASD. Emily completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Neuroscience (with a concentration in Psychology). She received her Master of Science degree in Developmental Psychopathology from the University College London and Yale University with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Yale Child Study Center. She continued her Autism research at UCLA at the Brain Mapping Center under the supervision of Dr. Danny Wang and Dr. Mirella Dapretto before entering a Ph.D. program in Occupational Science (with a concentration in Neuroscience) investigating, with her advisors Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh and Dr. Sharon Cermak, social and motor interactions in the motor system during action observation using neuroimaging and behavioral methods. Emily’s research interest is in advancing the understanding of typical development, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities (i.e., developmental coordination disorder). Her work focuses on identifying and clarifying how autism develops, how the brain is involved, and how social and motor skills interact in ASD. Emily collaborates with scientists across the country and employs approaches such as neuroimaging and behavioral assessment to better understand ASD and use this information for the service of families.
Faculty Mentor: Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
My research areas include early childhood development, physiology, and culture. I study typically developing children and young children at risk for autism. I have backgrounds in developmental and cultural psychology and applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Research Lab: Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Stéphanie Lefebvre is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southern California in the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. Prior to her position at USC, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics and Biology from the University Claude Bernard of Lyon (France), a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University Catholic of Louvain (Belgium): ‘Motor skill learning after stroke: exploration of neurophysiological mechanisms with functional neuroimaging and therapeutic modulation by non-invasive brain stimulation.’ She also completed a first Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Lille (France) and a second one at the CNRS, Lyon (France). Her main interests are mental health and brain plasticity, and specifically, how the brain reacts to changes in the environment during development or after a disease.
Faculty Mentor: Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM
Kryztopher Tung currently acts as a postdoctoral researcher in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He is a researcher on the RO1 grant to investigate the risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in the profession of dental hygiene. Previously, he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 for his work on predictive methods for heat illness potential utilizing wearable biosensors. Prior to this, he received his MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests lie in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSD’s) in various working populations.