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Gwen Lawson

Area of Study: 
Psychology
Research Interests: 
environmental factors and neuro-cognitive systems that mediate socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and socio-emotional adjustment
Advisor: 
Martha Farah

Gwen Lawson is a second-year Ph.D.



Kailey Spencer

Area of Study: 
Education Policy
Research Interests: 
Impact of school and neighborhood contexts on student outcomes; whether/how school policies and practices influence student enrollment patterns within school choice systems
Advisor: 
Laura Desimone

Kailey Spencer is a Ph.D. student in Education Policy who began at the Graduate School of Education in the fall of 2010. Her research interests include the impact of school and neighborhood contexts on student outcomes, and whether/how school policies and practices influence student enrollment patterns within school choice systems.



Allison Nahmias

Area of Study: 
Psychology, School of Arts & Science
Research Interests: 
Development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for young children with ASD that are effective and sustainable in community settings
Advisor: 
David Mandell and Robert Schultz

Allison Nahmias is a second-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, working with the Center for Autism Research. She is interested in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for young children with ASD that are effective and sustainable in community settings. Allison is currently working on a study that investigates the role of preschool early intervention setting in relation to cognitive outcomes for children with autism. Prior to returning to graduate school, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Publications: 

Warren, Z., Veenstra-VanderWeele, J., Stone, W., Bruzek, J.L., Nahmias, A.S., Foss-Feig, J.H., et al.  (2011).  Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Comparative Effectiveness Review 26.  (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract 290-02-HHSA-290-2007-10065-I.) AHRQ Publication 11-EHC035-EF.  Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2007. Available at: www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.

Carter, A.S., Messinger, D.S., Stone, W.L., Celimli, S., Nahmias, A.S. and Yoder, P. (2011) A randomized controlled trial of Hanen’s ‘More Than Words’ in toddlers with early autism symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02395.x