Study of Autism and Self Regulation (STAR) research team

Current Research Vertical Team (RVT) members

Tara Rutter

Tara Rutter, MS 


Expected completion year: 2022 

Hometown: San Francisco, California 

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


University of Washington Autism Center Research Track; Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Seattle Children’s PEARL Clinic, UW LEND fellow  

Research interests/dissertation topic:

Emotion recognition across modalities in young children with ASD, biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Julianne Myers

Julianne Myers, MS


Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Mission Viejo, California 

Previous education: BA, Reed College 

Practica: Seattle Children’s RUBI Program, Seattle Children’s SNACS Clinic, UW FAS-DPN, Seattle Children’s Autism Center Mood and Anxiety Program, Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit

Research interests/dissertation topic: Sensory processing impacts on sleep patterns in children with neurodevelopmental disorders during a pandemic; ASD,  prenatal alcohol exposure, social attention, sensory processing, sleep development, language and motor development

Vanessa Zhou

Vanessa Zhou, MS


Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Issaquah, Washington 

Practica: Seattle Children's Hospital, The Seattle Clinic DBT Program

Previous education: BA, University of Washington 

Research interests: executive function, mindfulness-based interventions, developmental disability, mental health inequity, multicultural psychology, racial trauma

Chloe Quinnett

Chloe Quinnett, MS 


Expected Completion Year: 2023 

Hometown: Moscow, Idaho 

Previous Education: BA, Whitworth University

Practica: The Seattle Clinic, Providence Autism Center

Research Interests: Parent-child interactions, self-regulations, attachment, effects of trauma in children

Miles Feller

Miles Feller, MS


Expected completion year: 2023 

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 

Previous education: BA, University of Washington 

Practica: The Seattle Clinic, Sound Mental Health 

Research interests/dissertation topic: Attention, trauma, self-regulation, minority identity management (LGBTQ and race), externalizing/internalizing behaviors, immigrant trauma, barriers to treatment, and evidenced-based interventions for at-risk and aggressive youth

John Strom

John Strom, BA


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


Expected completion year: 2025

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Previous Education: BS, Arizona State University

Pre-Practicum: The Incredible Years: Dinosaur School at The Seattle Clinic

Research interests: neurodevelopment disorders, ASD pathology, executive functioning

Research Vertical Team (RVT) Members at Internship

Elizabeth Bisi, M.S.

Elizabeth (Liz) Bisi, MS


Expected completion year: 2021 

Hometown: Sacramento, California 

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

Internship: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

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

Dissertation: "Impacts of Motor and Sensory Impairment on Language in Young Children with Autism"; successfully defended June 2020