Early Risk Study Team
Meghan Miller, Ph.D.
Meghan Miller, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute. Her research uses a developmental psychopathology framework to understand the early emergence of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on ASD and ADHD. The long-range goal is that this work will help identify factors that account for the transition from risk to disorder, and will be highly translational, delineating core shared processes to be targeted by transdiagnostic prevention and early intervention efforts. Dr. Miller is also a licensed clinical psychologist.
Burt Hatch, Ph.D.
Burt Hatch is a postdoctoral fellow in the Autism Research Training Program. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Otago, where he studied emotional and social information processing in children with ADHD as well as the impact of behavioral interventions targeting infant sleep on early childhood functioning. His current research is focused understanding the extent to which different disorders that emerge across infancy to childhood-particularly autism spectrum disorder and ADHD- overlap in terms of particular risk factors and functional outcomes.
Annie Chuang, B.A.
Annie Chuang is a Junior Specialist with the Early Risk Study at the MIND Institute. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include early identification of ASD and ADHD, as well as treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan. She aspires to gain more experience working in the field of ABA and eventually attend graduate school.
Leiana de la Paz, B.A.
Leiana de la Paz is a Junior Specialist with Early Risk Study and the Infant Sibling Study at the MIND Institute. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with an emphasis in Neurobiology and a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include understanding the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders on development and cognition. She hopes to attend graduate school to better understand the interaction between biological pathways and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ana-Maria Iosif, Ph.D.
Ana-Maria Iosif, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Her primary methodological research interest lies in the analyses of data with complex structure, including repeated measures, longitudinal assessments with dropouts, and clustered data with informative cluster size. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on mental health and she enjoys a very productive collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Elise Hanzel, Ph.D.
Dr. Hanzel has been a staff psychologist at the MIND Institute since 2007 and joined the Early Risk Study in 2018. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, and her work focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and behavioral and developmental therapeutic interventions for children and families. Dr. Hanzel earned her B.A. from Boston University and her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
Rachel Reetzke, Ph.D.
Rachel Reetzke, Ph.D. is a speech-language pathologist clinical fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin, where she used behavioral and electrophysiological approaches to investigate the neurocognitive processes underlying speech perception and learning across human development. Her current research interests lie in better understanding biomarkers of atypical communication development in children with ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Einat Shoham, M.A.
Einat Shoham received her Master's degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the Hebrew University in 2007. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Israel since 2013. Her clinical work has focused on assessment and treatment of ASD in children and adolescents. Her research interests include early identification of ASD as well as early intervention.