Lab Director

Inge-Marie Eigsti

Professor Inge-Marie Eigsti, PhD

Professor Inge-Marie Eigsti, PhD

Department of Psychological Sciences
Co-director: Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication-Connecticut Training Grant
Research Scientist, Haskins Laboratory

Dr. Eigsti is interested in finding links between social communication difficulties in autism spectrum disorder, and mechanistic processes in the brain, by examining low-level cognitive processes such as working memory and auditory processing that can be linked to genetic, neurophysiological or neuroanatomical domains. The aim is to better understand autism at multiple levels: molecular (genetic),  neurofunctional (brain imaging), and behavioral (symptomatology).  Dr. Eigsti received a dual Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Science from University of Rochester in 2001.

Current CV.  See Research and Publications page for downloads/pdfs.

Office: Bousfield

Contact: inge-marie.eigsti (AT)


Lab Manager

Jhanvi Parikh,

Jhanvi Parikh is Project Coordinator on the ASD Long-Term Outcomes Study (ALTOS).

Postdoctoral Fellows


Caroline Larson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Larson's research focuses on relationships between language and other cognitive factors in children with language disorders, including Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, with the long-term goal of improving differential diagnosis and treatment. She will be joining the faculty at the University of Missouri.


Teresa Girolamo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Girolamo just joined the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department at San Diego State University. She directs the Brain, Environment, and Language Lab (BELL), which focuses on how individual differences in language, together with environmental influences, shape life outcomes for racially and ethnically minoritized autistic individuals. She uses behavioral methods and functional near-infrared spectroscopy, as well as community-based participatory approaches. The long-term objective of this work is to translate longitudinal knowledge into community-based supports. She will be joining the faculty at San Diego State University.

Graduate Students (click on name for more info)

Rebecca Canale (2021)

Mackenzie Stabile 
Mackenzie Stabile (2017)
Elise Taverna

Elise Taverna (2018)

Jason Crutcher

Jason Crutcher (2018)

Hannah Thomas (2020)
Gabrielle Michel (2022)

Lab Alumni

Jillian deGroot Schuh (Ph.D., 2011) Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin; Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Catalpa Health, Appleton, WI
  Ashley de Marchena (Ph.D., 2013) Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA Jessica Bean Jaworski (Ph.D., 2013) Instructor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Neuropsychologist, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Jessica Mayo (Ph.D., 2014) Assistant Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, Yale School of Medicine Christy Irvine Christina Irvine (Ph.D., 2016) Clinical Psychologist, Portland, Oregon Brian Castelluccio (Ph.D., 2018) Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University Medical Center
Allison Canfield (Ph.D., 2018) Assistant Professor, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Joshua Green (Ph.D., 2019) Clinical Psychologist, Saratoga Springs, NY
Anders Hogstrom
Anders Hogstrom (Ph.D., 2021)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology, North Shore University Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center



Solène Jaspard (2023), Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels. Supported by a Belgian-American Educational Foundation award. Her PhD project focuses on the effect of input variability on word learning in autism

photo of Marielle Weyland

Marielle Weyland (2022), Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels. Marielle Weyland is speech-therapist. She is currently a PhD student at Université Libre de Bruxelles within the ACTE project. Her research focuses on analyzing early vocal production of infant with high likelihood of ASD.

Irina Polyanskaya (2017): Roskild University, Denmark

Cecilia Brynskov (2010): Aarhus University, Denmark

Marthe Høppener (2013): Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen

Katherine Mumford (2012), University of Birmingham, UK.

DCN Lab Members (2019)


DCN Lab Members (2004)

Undergraduate Lab Members

2021-2022 Margaux Acorda

Aditi Sirsikar

Karina Patel

Amanda Yagan

Chinedu Nwko

2022-2023 Karina Patel

Marissa Birmingham

Olivia Kapustka

Talia Szozda

Alyssa Daniels

Alexis Trojahn

2023-2024  Marissa Birmingham

Karina Patel

Malak Nechnach

2020-2021 Margaux Acorda
Jacey Anderson
Aditi Sirsikar
2014-2015 Parah Shah (Pre-med)
Didem Ozcan (PNB/Bio)
Morgan Smith (pre-med)
Ryan Morris (Pre-med)
2009-2010 Caitlin Dombrowski: (Honors) UConn, Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology
Jose Casares: Teachers College/Columbia University, Counseling Psychology
Danielle Loughrey
Liz Tzatkin: Research Assistant
Kathryn Post: Research Assistant
Juliana Hartley: Teach for America (Honors); MA student in Speech-Language Pathology at Univ New Hampshire
2019-2020 Klaudia Ptaszek
Harkaran Dhillon
Jacey Anderson
Aditi Sirsikar
Summer 2014 Molly Waterhouse (Syracuse University)
Griffen Burrows (Wheaton College)
2008-2009 Justine Marsh: Practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, CT
Ashley Lepack
Terry Gustafson: Pre-med
Lauren Long: Ph.D. program in Behavioral Neuroscience, UConn
2019-2018 Anusha Mohan
Ariana Caruso
Roisin Healy
Holly Labrecque
Regina Weissenberg
2013-2014 Emily Thompson (SURF grant, Honors Program)
Katy Piotrowski (Honors Program)
2007-2008 Jessica St. Pierre
David Roy
David Morrow
Heather Washburn
Kim Markoff
Kim Hayhurst
Stefanie Riegler
2017-2018 Ariana Caruso
Holly Labrecque
Regina Weissenberg
Abigail Sapiro
Sindhu Dokuru (M.A., Healthcare Administration)
2012-2013 Christopher Andrade (Ling Major); English Teaching in Japan (JET Program)
Allison Fitch (Psych/Human Development): Ph.D. in Developmental and Brain Sciences at UMass Boston, 2012
Amanda Makol (Pre-med)
Emily Thompson (SLSH)
2006-2007 Kayla Marot
Mark Rogalski
Melissa Martinez
Corey Alexa
Tuhina Joseph
2016-2017 Parah Shah (pre-med)
Snigdha Wadhwa (pre-med)
Sindhu Dokuru (pre-med)
Tanya Rao (pre-med)
Caitlin Emmett (SLHS)
Meghan Robitaille (SLHS)
2011-2012 Christopher Andrade (Ling Major)
Allison Fitch (Psych/Human Development): Ph.D. in Developmental and Brain Sciences at UMass Boston, 2012
Amanda Makol (Pre-med)
Emily Thompson (SLSH)
Bonnie Stas
2005-2006 Lauren Czepizak
Cara Orazietti
Judith Shulman
Stephanie Ceniccola
2015-2016 Parah Shah (pre-med)
Morgan Smith (pre-med)
Ryan Morris (pre-med)
Snigdha Wadhwa (pre-med)
Sindhu Dokuru (pre-med)
Molly Waterman (IGERT Program Assistant)
Jessa Sahl (post-bac RA in the lab of Bonnie Nozari at Johns Hopkins)
2010-2011 Elira Fifo, 2010
Danielle Daley (Honors)
Kaitlin De Yoe (Honors, SURF award)
Karissa Burgess
Sonia Altavilla
Abby Morriso
2004-2005 Nojan Bakhtiari (pre-dental)
Lisa Cataudella
Jessica Bennett
Kelly Chang


Lab Output