Marquette Autism Project (MAP)
(From left to right, back row to front row: Alexis Arias, Daniel Cibich, Olivia Letter, Kylie Nelsen-Freund, Olivier Van Hauwermeiren, Cailie McLean, Alex Barrington, Lauren Carufel-Wert, Ileana Hernandez, Dana Fernandez, Liz Jilek, Megan Jacobson. Not pictured: Annie Lisowski, Javier Mora, and Deanna Windorff.)

Undergraduate research assistants

Alexis Arias
Hometown:
Berwyn, IL
Year in School: Junior
Major: Physiological Sciences and Psychology; Minor: Neuroscience

Alexis serves as a PEERS coach, assists with data collection, and is actively learning about MRIs.  He enjoys working with teens and young adults with autism to obtain a better understanding of social communication difficulties and how social coaching can improve quality of life for people with autism.  Alexis also actively does research into Depression and Anxiety caused by Minority Stress in the LGBTQ community, as well as the neurobiology of locomotion in Lamprey. Upon graduation, he hopes to attend Medical School.

Alex Barrington
Hometown:
Random Lake, WI
Year in school: Junior
Major: Biocomputing with a minor in Psychology and Neuroscience

Alex serves as a PEERS coach and works with EEG and fMRI data. He is currently doing undergraduate research as well as working on his own business. If research and entrepreneurial ventures do not pan out, he hopes to work with software that would be for medical devices in hospitals.

Lauren Carufel-Wert
Hometown: Madison, WI
Year in school: Junior

Lauren enjoys serving on the SKIN team to measure galvanic skin response, as well as coaching PEERS sessions and data entry. After graduation, Lauren hopes to go to graduate school to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor for children.

Daniel Cibich
Hometown:
Gilberts, IL
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Daniel loves his work as a PEERS coach alongside fellow coaches in the lab. He enters PEERS data and assists in collecting anatomical and functional MRI images.  This year Daniel is working to assemble that data for analysis.  After graduation, he plans to continue his education and attend medical school.

Dana Fernandez
Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences and Psychology minor

Dana is assisting with the galvanic skin response tasks and she enjoys serving PEERS as a behavioral coach and assisting PEERS in data collection. After graduation, Dana plans to pursue a Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

Ileana Hernández
Hometown:
Puerto Rico
Year in School: Senior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Family Studies

Ileana enjoys serving as a PEERS coach and is part of the Skin Response Tasks team. She also assists PEERS in data collection. After graduating, she plans to go to grad school and specialize in counseling psychology.

Megan Jacobson
Hometown:
Stoddard, WI
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biomedical Sciences; Minor: Psychology

Megan enjoys assisting as a PEERS coach and is an assistant in the MRI team. She is most interested in the Neurodevelopment aspect of the research. This year Megan applied to Marquette’s Physician’s Assistant program and hopefully will be starting Physician’s Assistant school next fall as a senior.

Liz Jilek
Hometown:
Manitowoc, WI
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Liz enjoys serving as a PEERS coach and assisting with data collection.  She is currently interested in investigating the discrepancies between parent and teen provided data.  After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school with an interest in pediatrics.

Olivia Letter
Hometown:
De Pere, WI
Year in School: Junior
Major: Psychology; Minor: Biomedical Sciences

Olivia serves as a PEERS coach, assists in data collection, and assists in MRI testing. After graduation Olivia hopes to attend a graduate program in school psychology.

Annie Lisowski
Hometown:
Oconomowoc, WI
Year in School: Senior
Major: Psychology; Minor: Criminology

Annie enjoys working as a PEERS coach and working with data collection. She is currently learning how to collect data using EEG and MRI scans. After graduation, Annie plans on attending graduate school in school psychology.

Cailie McLean
Hometown:
Chicago, IL
Year in School: Senior
Major: Psychology

Cailie serves as a PEERs coach and enjoys working with the kids. After graduation, Cailie hopes to attend graduate school for speech pathology and continue working with children and young adults who have special needs, including autism.

Javier Mora
Hometown:
Milwaukee, WI
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences; Minor: Spanish for the Health Professions

Javier assists the lab as a PEER coach and in data entry. After graduation, Javier hopes to continue working with ASD populations as a psychiatrist.

Kylie Nelsen-Freund
Hometown: New Berlin, WI
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences; Minors: Psychology and Neuroscience

Kylie loves her position as a PEERS coach and seeing the participants develop over the span of a semester.  She assists in adjunct research on stress and anxiety, and helps in MRI data collection and eventually analysis. Post-graduation, Kylie will pursue graduate studies to become a Physician Assistant in neurology or a similar field.

Olivier van Hauwermeiren
Hometown: St. Jean Cap-Ferrat, France
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

Olivier serves as a PEERs coach with the young adult group. He hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist and go through a PhD program. He hopes to work in therapy with young adults and teenagers.

Deanna Windorff
Hometown: Hartford, WI
Year in School: Senior
Major: Psychology; Minor: Family Studies

Deanna enjoys assisting in PEERS coaching as well as learning MRI training. After graduation, she hopes to enter a Ph.D. program for clinical psychology that focuses on either children or addictions (two very different things).


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