Solomon Lab

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D. Principal Investigator

Dr. Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine.  Her work is primarily focused on high functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). She studies and implements school and clinical intervention programs to help children and adolescents with ASDs. Her current research efforts extend to using cognitive neuroscience methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to study cognitive control; learning, motivation, and rewards processing; functional connectivity; and neurodevelopment from early adolescence through young adulthood in individuals affected by ASDs.

Elyse Adler, B.S.

Elyse Adler, B.S.Junior Specialist
B.S. Psychology, Minor in Fine Arts, Minor in History of Art
Haverford College, 2016.

Elyse Adler is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon's lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from Haverford College in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and two minors in Fine Arts and History of Art. As an undergrad, she worked with Dr. Jennifer Pals Lilgendahl and Dr. Benjamin Le on the Identity Pathways Project, a longitudinal study at Haverford College and Western Washington University examining personality and identity development over the course of college and beyond. She expanded on this research through her senior thesis titled, "Introversion, Implicit Self-Theories, and the College Experience." She has had experience working with children with behavioral, emotional, and social difficulties at Quest Therapeutic Camps, as well as at Haverford's Spectrum After-School Program. She also served as a captain of the Haverford Women's Lacrosse Team. Currently she coordinates the Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing (HELP) Study and the Time 4 behavioral visits for the Autism Phenome Project (APP). She is also a co-leader in the MIND Institute’s Social Skills Program. Elyse is enjoying gaining clinical research experience before applying to graduate programs.

Cory C. Coleman, B.S.

Cory ColemanJunior Specialist
B.S. Psychology, Minor in Computer Science, University of Oregon

Cory Coleman is a Technical Junior Specialist for the Autism Phenome Project and the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science, where he completed a thesis using machine learning techniques to gain insights into nematode locomotion behavior. He currently employs data analysis tools to attempt to uncover clinically relevant subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since receiving an adult diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome/Autism in 2012, Cory has enjoyed working with others on the Autism Spectrum, serving as a co-leader in the MIND's Adult Social Skills Program (ACCESS). A lifelong student of theater and speech, Cory regularly delivers public presentations in order to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum and to advocate for the needs of others with ASD.

Matthew Elliott, B.S.

Matthew Elliott, B.S.Junior Specialist
B.S. Psychology, Biological Emphasis, University of California at Davis, 2016

Matt Elliott is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. He graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chicana/o Studies. As an undergrad, he conducted research in a cognitive neuroscience laboratory for two years, and completed a senior thesis focusing on attentional competition between emotional and task-relevant goals. Matt’s favorite hobbies include playing sports and music, as well as spending time in nature. Matt currently works as a study coordinator for the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study, as well as being a co-leader in the MIND Institute’s Social Skills program. In the future, he plans to complete a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Stephanie Gam, B.A.

Stephanie GamJunior Specialist
B.A. Psychology, B.A. Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, 2017

Stephanie Gam is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with B.A.s in Psychology and Social Welfare. As an undergrad, she worked in Dr. Ann Kring's lab, examining whether social support contributes to effortful goal pursuit in regards to stress. She was also selected as a URAP summer fellow to conduct research in Dr. Sheri Johnson's Cal Mania Program in the Impulsive Reactions to Emotions, Cognition, and Biological Markers project, examining whether impulsivity in the context of heightened emotions creates deficits in cognitive control. Stephanie currently coordinates the Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR) study supported by the NIH-initiated Autism Centers for Excellence Program. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Raphael Geddert, B.S.

Raphael GeddertJunior Specialist
B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2017

Raphael Geddert is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. He graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergrad, he conducted cognitive neuroscience research at the Center for Mind & Brain in Steve Luck’s lab. He completed a senior thesis that explored the electrophysiological markers of attentional bias to threat in the context of inherent and conditioned threat. Raphael currently works as a study coordinator for the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study and is a co-leader in the MIND Institute’s Social Skills program. He hopes to one day pursue a PhD in a neuroscience related field.

Garrett Gower, B.S.

Garrett Gower, B.S.Social Skills Coordinator
B.S. Psychology, Emphasis in Biology, University of California, Davis, 2016

Garrett Gower is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute. During his undergraduate career, Garrett was a research assistant for Dr. Andy Yonelinas in the Human Memory Lab exploring the relationship between acute stress and memory recognition. He also worked as a direct support professional at Summer House, Inc. doing hands on work for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently he is assisting in the coordination for the Social Skills Program and is involved in the Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing (HELP) study as well as the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. Garrett plans to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology in the future.

Jeremy Hogeveen, Ph.D.

Jeremy Hogeveen, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Scholar
B.A., Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
M.S., Cognitive Neuroscience, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Hogeveen is a Postdoctoral Scholar working in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. Most recently, he was a postdoc in Dr. Jordan Grafman’s lab at Northwestern University, where he conducted noninvasive brain stimulation and lesion-symptom mapping studies of cognitive control and emotional disturbances in individuals with traumatic brain injuries. In the Solomon lab, he is interested in using approaches from cognitive neuroscience to better understand and treat social and emotional difficulties in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In particular, Dr. Hogeveen will be working on the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study, as well as using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to better understand the brain systems through which individuals adaptively control their emotions, and how these systems for “emotion regulation” are atypical in individuals with ASD.

Marie Krug, Ph.D.

Marie Krug, Ph.D.Assistant Project Scientist
B.S., Neuroscience, Union College
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of California, Davis

Dr. Krug is an Assistant Project Scientist working in Dr. Marjorie Solomon's Lab. She is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and cognitive control. In the Solomon Lab, Dr. Krug works primarily on the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. She is investigating the behavioral and neural signatures of cognitive control during adolescence and young adulthood in both typically developing and autism populations. She is also interested in emotion processing and risky decision-making in autism. Her goal is to facilitate the use of cognitive neuroscience methods to increase our understanding of autism spectrum disorders.

James McCauley, B.S.

James McCauley, B.S.Doctoral Student
B.S. Psychology, Santa Clara University, 2009

Jamie McCauley is a doctoral student in the Human Development Graduate Group at UC Davis, and works in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology. For several years, Jamie was a behavioral consultant and a social skills leader for a company providing Applied Behavior Analysis and educational support for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. He also worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis MIND institute in a lab investigating social language with infants and children with Fragile X. His research interests include examining the social development of adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, and the factors that lead to successful transitions to early adulthood.

Ashley Tay, B.S.

Ashley TayJunior Specialist
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2017

Ashley Tay is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. She graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, she worked with children with developmental disabilities when volunteering at the UCDMC Pediatric Urgent Care Center and in Dr. Solomon’s lab for the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study. She was also a traditional rebab player in the UC Davis Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble under the tutelage of Philip Acimovic. Currently, Ashley is a general coordinator and volunteer supervisor for the CoCoA study. She is also a behavioral visit coordinator for the Autism Phenome Project and a co-leader for the MIND Institute’s Social Skills program. In the future, Ashley plans to pursue a career in medicine and specialize in neurodevelopmental care.