Inge-Marie Eigsti

Lab Manager

Anusha Mohan

Anusha Mohan is the lab manager for the ASD Long-Term Outcomes Study (ALTOS). She previously worked as a Research Program Specialist in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include early intervention and long-term outcomes in autism and other developmental disorders.

Postdoctoral Researcher


Melina West

Melina West is a postdoctoral research associate working on the ASD Long Term Outcomes Study (ALTOS). She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research interests include social and emotional functioning of individuals with developmental conditions such as ASD and those with optimal outcomes. She also studies maladaptive daydreaming, and is interested in the role of immersive mental experiences in mental health.

Graduate Students

Anders Hogstrom (2014)

Anders Hogstrom

Anders Hogstrom is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. He came from Howard Nusbaum's laboratory at the University of Chicago. He is interested in the interaction between language and broader cognitive processes, such as attention, in autism spectrum disorders. His MA thesis concerned the influence of top-down expectations on speech processing in ASD. A pianist, he is also part of a collaborative project with Ed Large, to study musical expertise in ASD.

Karla Rivera Figueroa (2016)

Karla Rivera Figueroa

Karla Rivera Figueroa is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. Her PhD dissertation is about the larger implications of the cultural stigma surrounding individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Latinx and African-American communities.

Mackenzie Stabile (2017)

Mackenzie Stabile

 Mackenzie Stabile is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include the interaction between cognitive processes such as cognitive control and language in autism spectrum disorders, learning, and mechanisms of change in individuals with optimal outcomes from autism spectrum disorders.

Elise Taverna (2018)

Elise Taverna

Elise Taverna is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests broadly include the cognitive and environmental factors underlying language and social outcomes in individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as mechanisms of optimal outcomes in ASD. Previously, she worked with Sophie Molholm at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, coordinating neuroimaging studies of sensory processing and cognition in autism spectrum disorders and other conditions.

Jason Crutcher (2018)

Jason Crutcher

Jason Crutcher is a graduate student in clinical psychology. Before coming to UConn for graduate school, he worked with Dr. Alex Martin at NIMH researching how structural differences in the brain relate to abnormalities in language and social cognition for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. His research interests broadly include language dysfunction in developmental disorders such as ASD. He is particularly interested in neural mechanisms underlying pragmatic language abilities for people with optimal outcomes from ASD.

Hannah Thomas (2020)

Hannah Thomas is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include the neural mechanisms underlying language development in ASD as well as the neural and behavioral presentations of comorbidities in autism (e.g., anxiety, ADHD). Before joining UConn, Hannah worked with Dr. So Hyun "Sophy" Kim at Weill Cornell Medicine where she primarily worked on studies investigating predictors of school readiness in kindergarteners with autism and the neuronal and behavioral correlates of ASD and ADHD.

Lab Alumni


Jillian deGroot Schuh (2005)

Current position: Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Catalpa Health; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology, Division of Neuropsychology, WI

Ashley de Marchena (2006)








Current position: Assistant Professor,  University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Jessica Bean Jaworski (2007)

Current Position: Instructor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Neuropsychology, Baystate, Medical Center, Springfield, MA

Jessica Mayo (2008)Current position: Assistant Professor,  Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Christina Irvine (2010)

Christy Irvine









Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Portland, OR

Brian Castelluccio (2012)

Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow, Brown University

Allison Canfield (2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Joshua Green (2013)

Current Position: Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Saratoga Springs, NY


Irina Polyanskaya: Roskild University, Denmark


Irina’s thesis examines second-order false beliefs and recursive complement development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Polyanskaya, Irina, Braüner, Torben, Blackburn, Patrick. 2018. Proceedings of the 42nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Massachusetts, USA : Cascadilla Press.

Cecilia Brynskov: Aarhus University, Denmark

Cecilia’s Ph.D. thesis examined structural language  in Danish children with ASD, at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is currently on the faculty at Aarhus.


Brynskov, C., & Eigsti, I. M. (2010). Det tidlige sprog hos børn med autisme – en udviklingsmæssigt afgørende faktor [The critical influence of early language abilities in autism on longterm outcomes]. Psyke &  Logos, 31, 443-60.

Brynskov, C., Eigsti, I. M., Jørgensen, M., Lemcke, S., Bohn, O.-S., & Krøjgaard, P. (in press). Syntax and morphology in Danish-speaking children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Brynskov, C., Krøjgaard, P., & Eigsti, I. M. (2015). Language and communication in children with autism: A critical look at three assumptions and their clinical implications. Nordic Psychology.

Katherine Mumford

University of Birmingham (U.K.)

Katherine is a Ph.D. student in the  Department of Cognitive Development at the University of Birmingham; she works with Sotaro Kita, studying the relationship between language, cognition and action.


Mumford, K. H., & Kita, S. (2014). Children use gesture to interpret novel verb meanings. Child Dev, 85(3), 1181-1189. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12188

Marthe Høppener: Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen

Marthe is a Ph.D. student at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. She is interested in peer interactions among children with autism spectrum disorders, among other things.



DCN Lab Members (2019)


DCN Lab Members (2004)

Undergraduate Lab Members

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
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


Lab Output