Foss-Feig Laboratory
Principal Investigator

Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD
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Jennifer Foss-Feig, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Foss-Feig’s research interests are in sensory and perceptual processing, particularly as they relate to possible underlying mechanisms of and biomarker development for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She studies auditory, visual, and multisensory processing, with a particular interest in temporal processing deficits and testing for markers of excitatory/inhibitory imbalance. She also examines the overlap between autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), including schizophrenia, and works in monogenic NDDs (e.g., Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMS), FOXP1 Syndrome) that confer risk for ASD but have known etiology that maps to testable and targetable circuit-based alterations. Dr. Foss-Feig’s research combines EEG, fMRI, and psychophysical approaches with clinical and behavioral assessments to explore brain-behavior relations and identify underlying alterations that may be targeted with pharmacological or psychosocial intervention. Her work testing neural mechanisms across ASD and schizophrenia seeks to identify shared versus dissociable markers that could be useful as stratification tools for predicting risk for psychosis in ASD populations. Across her research, Dr. Foss-Feig seeks to use paradigms that map to known biological alterations, are objective and reliable, and are feasible or adaptable for individuals with NDDs across the functioning spectrum. Dr. Foss-Feig has received funding from NIMH, Autism Speaks, Autism Science Foundation, the Marino Autism Research Institute, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for her research. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sylvia Guillory, PhD
Sylvia Guillory is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Foss-Feig Lab. Her research interest can broadly be defined as investigating the interaction between attention, memory, and perception. She completed her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she examined the role that selective attention plays in information processing during memory. Studying these processes during infancy and childhood can give insights into how these interactions develop and their effect on the quantity and quality of the memory representations. This research has implications for developmental disorders whose core symptoms include attention and memory problems in addition to educational outcomes of children.

Research Coordinator

Christopher McLaughlin, BA
Chris is from Suffield, Connecticut, and graduated from Williams College in 2018 with a B.A. in Biology. While in college, Chris worked as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, where he participated in clinical research projects pertaining to neurocritical care of acute brain injuries. He has also had extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum as a volunteer instructor at the iCan Bike summer camp. As a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Foss-Feig Lab, Chris manages the administrative, recruitment, and data-collection aspects of all research studies. After two years with the Foss-Feig Lab, Chris intends to pursue a career in medicine.

Research Coordinator

Hannah Grosman, BA
Hannah Grosman graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology. While at Emory, she gained valuable experience working with adolescents on the autism spectrum in a therapeutic setting, conducting behavior-analysis based interventions at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator under the mentorship of Drs. Celine Saulnier, Ami Klin and Warren Jones on the Marcus Autism Center’s NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence grant evaluating eye-tracking measures in at-risk infant cohorts. Hannah is thrilled to continue her training in the Foss-Feig Lab, and as a Clinical Research Coordinator manages the administrative, recruitment, and data-collection aspects of EEG and eye-tracking in the rare disorder population seen in the center. After two years with the Foss-Feig Lab, Hannah intends to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Research Coordinator

Audrey Rouhandeh, BA
Audrey Rouhandeh graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and English. She joined the Seaver Autism Center as an intern in September of 2017, and full-time as a Clinical Research Coordinator in March 2018. Audrey was trained and is supervised by the Foss-Feig Lab in the administration and analysis of EEG and eye tracking measures, and is implementing them in a new research study with the Els for Autism Foundation in Jupiter, FL. This research involves using these brain-based measures in the context of ongoing manualized interventions at the Foundation.

Research Coordinator

Kate Keller, BA
Kate Keller graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2019 with degrees in Psychology and Music, and a concentration in Vocal Performance. While at Geneseo, Kate worked in a developmental psychopathology lab that explored a range of psychiatric disorders using electrophysiological, behavioral, and functional neuroimaging techniques. She also has experience working with adults living with intellectual/developmental disabilities through YAI, as well as adults living with severe mental illness at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. Kate is extremely excited to be a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Foss-Feig Lab, where she manages the administrative, recruitment, and data-collection aspects of a new study involving the development of a novel assessment for ASD. After two years with the Foss-Feig Lab, Kate intends to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Research Assistant

Sue Kim
Sue Kim is from Leonia, New Jersey. She is currently in her third year at New York University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies. During her time at NYU, she has worked under the supervision of Laurence Maloney at NYU Neural Science Lab, where she studied how individuals manage probability estimations in conjunction with motor action. In the last several years, she has also worked as a staff member at Camp Acorn for Special Needs Children & Adults and continues to be a caregiver under New Jersey’s Department of Developmental Disabilities. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school.

Research Assistant

Jessica Edgar, BA
essica Edgar grew up on Cape Cod and is a recent graduate of Columbia University where she received honors for her studies in music and psychology. Jessica currently works as a freelance soprano in New York City. While at Columbia, she studied early music history and spent a year abroad as a scholar at Oxford studying female vocal vibrato and auditory perception. Jessica was a research assistant at Columbia’s Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory with Nim Tottenham looking at the effects of familiar music on memory. She works as an early childhood music teacher and has assisted a pediatric neuropsychologist. Jessica is excited for the opportunity to work at the Seaver Center!

LAB ALUMNI

Mateo Amezcua (Junior, Middlebury College), Summer 2018
Victoria Baskett (Columbia University, post baccalaureate), Spring 2018 – Spring 2019
Greg Belizaire (Junior, New York University)
Julia Fagan (McGill University, graduating class 2019), Summer 2019
Israel Falade (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, graduating class 2019), Summer 2018
Amanda Guzman, BA (New York University, graduating class 2021), Summer 2019
Emily Isenstein, BS (MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester), 2016 – 2018
Olivia Jones, BS (Fordham University, graduating class 2019), Spring 2019
Christina Layton (Northwestern University, graduating class 2019), Summer 2017, Summer 2018
Madison McCarthy, BA (Research Assistant at New York University)
Marta Migó, BS (New York University, graduating class 2019)
Gabby Privitelli, BA (New York University, graduating class 2020), Summer 2019
Nick Servedio (Senior, Hunter College High School)
Samuel Wang, BS (New York University, graduating class 2018), Spring 2018
Yian Zhang, BS (New York University, graduating class 2019), Summer 2017 – Spring 2019

COLLABORATORS

Dr. Paige Siper, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment)
Dr. Alex Kolevzon, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment)
Dr. Hala Harony-Nicolas, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment)
Dr. Eva Velthorst, Icann School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment)

Dr. Katharine Thakkar, Michigan State University (MSU Clinical Neuroscience Lab)
Dr. Duje Tadin, University of Rochester (Tadin Lab: Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience)
Dr. Daniel Mathalon, University of California, San Francisco (Brain Imaging and EEG Lab)
Dr. Carla Mazefsky, University of Pittsburgh (Center for Excellence in Autism Research)

AFFILIATED INSTITUTES AND DEPARTMENTS

Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
The Friedman Brain Institute
The Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Brain Imaging Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai