Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D. Principal Investigator

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.

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 is involved in the Autism Phenome Project (APP) and Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA) Study. She is also a co-leader in the Social Skill's Program. Elyse is enjoying gaining clinical research experience before applying to graduate programs.

Kiele Argente, B.S.

Kiele Argente, B.S.Junior Specialist
B.S. Biological Sciences, Emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2014.

Kiele Argente is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a B.S. in Biological Science with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in a genetics lab researching the SOG-1 gene and its involvement in the repair of double strand DNA damage, and was a member of the Division I UC Davis Women’s Soccer Team. She has extensive experience working with children and young adults, as well as elderly individuals with disabilities. Currently she coordinates the Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing (HELP) Study and is also involved in the Autism Phenome Project (APP), and the Attentional Behavior and Cognitive Control (ABC) Study. She is also a co-leader in the MIND Institute’s Social Skills program. She is enjoying exploring the field of child psychology and plans to attend graduate school after gaining research and clinical experience.

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.

Jennifer E. Farren, B.A.

Jennifer E. Farren, B.A.Junior Specialist
B.A. Cognitive Science, B.A. Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

Jen Farren is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute. For two years during her undergraduate career at UC Berkeley, Jen worked in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology preparing specimens for the museum and investigating the diversity of vertebrates across the world. She currently works as a study coordinator for the Higher Cognition, Emotional Development and Language Processing (HELP) study. Jen is also involved in the APP and the ABC studies, meeting with study participants and analyzing data. She will soon start working on a new pilot study to investigate the neurobiological components of reading comprehension and self-esteem in adolescents and young adults with ASD using functional and structural brain imaging techniques. Jen is also a co-leader in the Social Skills program. She plans to pursue a career in health care in the future.

Andria Farrens, B.S.

Andria Farrens, B.S.Junior Specialist
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2015

Andria Farrens is a Junior Specialist in Dr. Marjorie Solomon’s lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergrad, she interned with DMG Mori, tutored physics in the SASC at UC Davis, and participated in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory on campus. She now uses her engineering skills to provide technical assistance for ongoing research projects. She is also a co-leader in the MIND Institute’s Social Skills program. She is enjoying using her technical skills in a meaningful way while gaining research and clinical experience, and plans to attend graduate school in the near future.

Garrett Gower, B.S.

Garrett Gower, B.S.Junior Specialist
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.

Sarah Mahdavi, B.S.

Sarah Mahdavi, B.S.Social Skills Coordinator
B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2015

Sarah is a Junior Specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She assists Dr. Marjorie Solomon in autism research and coordinates the Social Skills Training Program. During her undergraduate studies, Sarah assisted with research involving children with autism, Fragile X, and Down syndrome. Sarah was previously a Child Life Program Student Assistant at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She is a member of the UC Davis Willow Clinic and helps provide preventive health care for the homeless population of Sacramento. Sarah hopes to attend medical school in the future.

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.

Tasha Oswald, Ph.D.

Tasha Oswald, B.S.Postdoctoral Fellow
B.S., Cognitive Science, Minor: Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Oregon
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Oregon

Dr. Oswald is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Autism Research Training Program (ARTP) through the UC Davis MIND Institute, and is active in Dr. Peter Mundy's and Dr. Marjorie Solomon's labs. She has worked on several studies examining typical and atypical trajectories of social cognition, executive function, and internalizing behavior. As a developmental psychologist, her work centers on later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, with a focus on autism. In particular, she has explored the developmental relations among theory of mind abilities, working memory, inhibitory control, and attention in older children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Currently, Dr. Oswald is working on a study investigating college adjustment and academic achievement in students with ASD relative to students with ADHD, anxiety disorders, and typical development.