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.

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.

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.

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 while interning at the UCDMC Pediatric Urgent Care clinic and in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s 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 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 family medicine and continue working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Sarah Medina-Aguirre

Sarah Medina-AguirreStudent Assistant

Sarah Medina-Aguirre is a Student Assistant Coordinator for Dr. Marjorie Solomon at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Global Disease Biology and minoring in Psychology and Chicano/a Studies. During her undergraduate education, she has been assisting as a co-leader for the Social Skills program and as a research assistant for the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study for Dr. Marjorie Solomon. Sarah is also the patient coordinator for the Knights Landing One Health Clinic, a UCDMC student-run clinic that provides free access to healthcare services. Sarah currently works as the coordinator for the Social Skills and ACCESS program at the UC Davis MIND Institute. In the future, Sarah hopes to attend medical school to pursue her passion for family medicine.  

Felicia Yen

Felicia YenStudent Assistant

Felicia Yen is a third year undergraduate at UC Davis, and is a Student Assistant in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Cell Biology, and plans to graduate in June 2020. On campus, she is involved with the University Honors Program, The Diaper Bank Project, and Pediatric Education, Advocacy and Development Society (PEADS). In the Solomon Lab, Felicia currently helps out with primarily the Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) study, scoring questionnaires and maintaining the database, as well as helping out with behavioral visits and MRI scans. In the future, Felicia plans to pursue a career in healthcare, potentially in pediatrics and hopes to continue working with children with developmental disabilities.