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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D.

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D.   

Principal Investigator

B.A., Latin American Studies, Harvard College, 1981
M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1985
Ph.D., Personality and Social Psychology, UC Berkeley, 1999

Dr. Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate 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.

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Jonathan Beck


Junior Specialist

B.S. Psychology, Minor: Chinese, University of California, Davis, 2010

Jonathan Beck is a Junior Specialist who works in Dr. Marjorie Solomon's neuroimaging lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute and in Dr. Peter Mundy's Social Attention and Virtual Reality Lab at the Center for Mind and Brain.  He has extensive experience working with children and young adults.  Currently, he coordinates the Recognizing the Autism Advantage in Adolescent Development (RAAAD) study which utilizes fMRI technology to explore the atypicalities in learning and reward processing associated with autism spectrum disorders.  He is also a co-leader in the MIND Institute's Social Skills program. He plans to pursue graduate training in clinical psychology in the future.

Harjot Bhullar, M.D.



M.D., American University of the Carribean, 2012
B.S. Biochemical Engineering, San Jose State University, 2006

Harjot Bhullar is a volunteer at The UC Davis MIND Institute. He will be helping Marjorie Solomon as a member of the clinical assessment team working on the Recognizing the Autism Advantage in Adolescent Development (RAAAD) study. He has recently finished medical school and will be starting a General Psychiatry Residency training program later this year. He has interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and plans to pursue specialization in this field.

Leslie Gilhooly, B.A.

Social Skills Coordinator

Leslie Gilhooly is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute, where she assists Dr. Marjorie Solomon in autism research and coordinates the Social Skills Training Group Program for children with social deficits. Leslie graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Davis with a B.A. in Psychology, emphasizing in Social/Personality Psychology. She has assisted in a wide range of psychological research at UC Davis, including research on compassion in social interaction, attachment security, child development of social roles and morality, treatment of depression and other mood disorders, and higher cognitive functioning in adolescents with autism. Leslie also conducted an original research project for her Honors Thesis on measures of adult attachment security and word use in relation to reflective descriptions of social relationships, experiences, and past trauma, for which she earned Highest Honors upon graduating in June 2013. For her academic excellence, Leslie is recognized as a member of both Psi Chi–international honor society in psychology–and Phi Beta Kappa, since her induction in May 2012. During her time as a student at UC Davis, Leslie was also an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist for an adolescent boy with autism, with whom she worked for several years. After gaining further research and clinical experience in the field, Leslie plans to continue on to graduate school and eventually earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

John Matter


Junior Specialist

B.S. Physics, Minor: Mathematics, University of California, Davis, 2012

John Matter is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute.  For his senior honors thesis he investigated chiral symmetry breaking with domain wall fermions in lattice gauge theory.  He is currently working with Dr. Marjorie Solomon on Recognizing the Autism Advantage in Adolescent Development (RAAAD) study, collecting and analyzing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data.  He is also a co-leader in the Social Skills program.  His personal research interests include medical imaging, perception of music, and lattice gauge theory.  He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics in the future.