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Study of Autism and Self Regulation (STAR) research team

Current Research Vertical Team (RVT) members

     
Elizabeth Bisi, M.S.

Elizabeth (Liz) Bisi, MS

Email: eabisi@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2021 Hometown: Sacramento, California 

Previous education: MS, Seattle Pacific University; BA, Scripps College 

Practica: Seattle Children’s RUBI Program, Seattle Children’s SNACS Clinic, UW FAS-DPN, Swedish Primary Care, Issaquah, UW LEND Fellow

Research interests/dissertation topic: neurodevelopmental disabilities, motor and language development in children with ASD, sensory processing and integration, adaptive functioning, and social skill deficits

     
Tara Rutter

Tara Rutter, MS 

Email: ruttert@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2022 

Hometown: San Francisco, California 

Previous education: MS, Seattle Pacific University; BA, University of California, San Diego 

Practica: University of Washington Autism Center Research Track; Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Seattle Children’s PEARL Clinic 

Research interests/dissertation topic: emotion recognition across modalities in young children with ASD, biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, affective prosody comprehension in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

     
Julianne Myers

Julianne Myers, BA

Email: jmyers@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Mission Viejo, California 

Previous education: BA, Reed College 

Practica: Providence Hospital Autism Center

Research interests/dissertation topic: ASD, social attention, assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, language and motor development, early identification

     
Vanessa Zhou

Vanessa Zhou, BA

Email: zhouv@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Issaquah, Washington 

Practica: Providence Hospital Autism Center

Previous education: BA, University of Washington 

Research interests: bilingualism and ASD, executive functioning, neuropsychological evaluations, cross-cultural psychology

     
Chloe Quinnett

Chloe Quinnett, BA 

Email: quinnettc@spu.edu

Expected Completion Year: 2023 

Hometown: Moscow, Idaho 

Previous Education: BA, Whitworth University 

Research Interests: Parent-child interaction, self-regulations, child pathology, effects of trauma in children

     
Miles Feller

Miles Feller, BA

Email: fellerm@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 

Previous education: BA, University of Washington 

Research interests/dissertation topic: Attention, trauma, self-regulation, cultural identity and evidenced-based interventions for at-risk and aggressive youth

     
John Strom

John Strom, BA

Email: Stroma1@spu.edu

Expected Completion Year: 2024

Hometown: San Diego, California

Previous Education: BA, University of California Riverside

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Executive functioning, Emotional Regulation, Neuropsychological evaluation.

Kaitlyn Drafton

Kaitlyn Drafton, BS

Email: draftonk@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2025

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Previous Education: BS, Arizona State University

Research interests: neurodevelopment disorders, ASD pathology, executive functioning


Research Vertical Team (RVT) Members at Internship

Aubrey Lee

Audrey Lee, MS

Email: leea24@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2020 

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Previous education: MS, Seattle Pacific University; BA, St. Mary’s University College 

Internship: Indiana School of Medicine

Research interests/dissertation topic: neurodevelopmental disabilities, emotion recognition and parenting children with ASD

Rachael Bowler, M.S.

Rachael Bowler, MS

Email: bowlerr@spu.edu

Expected completion year: 2020 

Hometown: Buffalo, New York 

Previous education: MS, Seattle Pacific University; BA, Daemen College

Internship: University of Rochester Medical Center

Research interests/dissertation topic: Impact of anxiety on working memory in young children with autism , neurodevelopmental disabilities; neuropsychological assessment, biophysiological processes, adaptive functioning, community inclusion, and cultural influences.