Foss-Feig Laboratory
Principal Investigator

Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD
Departmental website
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.

Research Coordinator

Sarah Barkley, BS
Sarah graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a B.S. in Human Development. As an undergraduate, Sarah worked in the Cornell Play and Learning Lab that examines language acquisition and spatial cognition in young children. She also has experience working with EEG and eye-tracking research methods as well as neuropsychological testing. As a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Foss-Feig Lab, Sarah manages the administrative, recruitment, and data-collection aspects of all research studies.

Research Coordinator

Bonnie Lerman, BS
Bonnie graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.  There, she worked at the Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain Lab.  Using EEG, fMRI, and a number of behavioral paradigms, she explored emotional regulation and risk factors for depression and other psychopathogies in young children.  She has a particular interest in child development and is extremely excited to be working at the Foss-Feig Lab.  As a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Foss-Feig Lab, Bonnie manages the administrative, recruitment, and data-collection aspects of EEG and eye-tracking in the rare disorder population seen in the center.  After her time at the Foss-Feig Lab, Bonnie intends to apply to medical school in the pursuit of a career in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Research Coordinator

Maria Nava Palma

Maria Nava Palma graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a B.S in Global Studies and a minor in Applied Psychology.  During her undergrad, she was involved in UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center, evaluating a Pivotal Response Treatment among children with autism nationwide.  Maria also assisted in a community based research study focusing on communication skill building among pre-teens in Spanish-speaking families of Santa Barbara, CA to combat rising suicidal rates.  She is the Spanish-speaking Clinical Research Coordinator at Seaver Autism Center working with Dr. Jennifer Foss-Feig and Dr. Pilar Trelles to evaluate a family-focused intervention program for children with ASD designed to teach functional skills, promote independence, facilitate academic learning and inclusion in all areas of life in partnership with the Ann Sullivan Center in Perú.  During her time at the Foss-Feig Lab, Maria intends to explore different areas of interest and graduate school programs. 
Research Coordinator

Jadyn Trayvick

Jadyn graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate she worked in the Sukhodolsky Lab at the Child Study Center which examines behavioral treatments for children with autism and anxiety as well as aggressive behavior in autism. She also has experience working with eye tracking and neuroimaging research methods. As a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Foss-Feig Lab, Jadyn manages the administrative, recruitment and data-collection aspects of EEG and eye tracking for all research studies. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology after her time in the lab.

Graduate Student

Sarah Banker
Sarah Banker graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior. After college, she worked as a Research Assistant at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. During this time, Sarah used neuroimaging to study the neural correlates of cognitive and affective behaviors in children with learning disabilities. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she is co-mentored by Dr. Jennifer Foss-Feig, Dr. Daniela Schiller, and Dr. Xiaosi Gu. Sarah’s graduate thesis focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of aberrant social behavior and decision-making in psychiatric disease. Specifically, her research aims to combine computational modeling, human neuroimaging, and clinical assessment to examine impairments in social interaction in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Misophonia.

Graduate Student

Megan Braconnier
Megan Braconnier graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a B.A. in
Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Family Studies Lab on projects related to
family communication and the quality of family relationships when one child has an intellectual
or developmental disability. After college, she worked as a research fellow in the autism
program at the Yale Child Study Center. She was involved in clinical research studies examining
the effects of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) on social skills acquisition and neural
mechanisms. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at St. John’s University
where she works with Dr. Lauren Moskowitz on projects examining evidence-based
interventions for youth with ASD. She is a clinical extern at the Seaver Autism Center and is
working with Dr. Jennifer Foss-Feig on her dissertation, which will use behavioral and eye-
tracking measures to examine social attention and memory in youth with ASD, ADNP syndrome,
and FOXP1 syndrome.

Research Coordinator

Monica Schreiber

Monica graduated from U.C. Berkley in 2019 with a B.A. in Public Health. While there, she volunteered with the Brain Development Research Program, where she worked on projects investigating potential biomarkers for patients with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. After college, she joined the Sabeti Lab at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, where she assisted Dr. Pardis Sabeti in coordination and communication across the 50+ person lab.

At the Foss-Feig Lab, Monica coordinates the EXPAND study, which seeks to validate a new diagnostic measure for Autism. In her role, she manages and maintains various clinical studies and works with visiting patients and families. In the future, Monica hopes to work as a health care provider with a special emphasis on Community Health models of care. 

Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Jenny Chung

Jenny Chung is a second-year student in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program BS/MD at City College, located in Harlem, New York. She will be earning a B.S in Biomedical Education in 2023 and an M.D in 2027. Beyond medicine, her areas of interest include social determinants of health, mental health awareness, as well as issues within the Asian American community. During her time at the Foss-Feig Lab, she is excited to engage in autism spectrum disorder research and learn about its clinical implications. She is open to exploring all medical specialties, but currently she intends to pursue a career in either primary care or psychiatry. 

Emily Isenstein
MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester
lab member: 2016 – summer 2018

Madison McCarthy
Research Assistant at New York University

Greg Belizaire
New York University

Nick Servedio
Hunter College High School

Christina Layton
Northwestern University
lab member: Summer 2017, Summer 2018

Yian Zhang
New York University
lab member: Summer 2017 – Spring 2019

Grace Adeyemi
New York University
lab member: fall 2017

Victoria Baskett
Columbia University, post baccalaureate
lab member: Spring 2018 – Spring 2019

Marta Migó
New York University
lab member: spring 2018 – summer 2019

Samuel Wang
New York University
lab member: spring 2018

Mateo Amezcua
Middlebury College
lab member: summer 2018

Israel Falade
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
lab member: summer 2018

Olivia Jones
Fordham University
lab member: fall 2018 – spring 2019

Sue Kim
New York University
lab member: fall 2019 – spring 2020

Julia Fagan
McGill University
lab member: summer 2019

Amanda Guzman
New York University
lab member: summer 2019

Gabby Privitelli
New York University
lab member: summer 2019

Jessica Edgar
Columbia University
lab member: spring 2020

Audrey Rouhandeh
Yeshiva University
lab member: Summer 2018 – spring 2020

Christopher McLaughlin
Columbia University Medical School
lab member: Summer 2018 – spring 2020

Hannah Grosman
Drexel University
lab member: summer 2018 – spring 2020

Sylvia Guillory
lab member: fall 2017 – fall 2020

Kate Keller
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
lab member: summer 2019 – summer 2021

Jacqueline Beltrán
Graduate School at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
lab member: fall 2020 – summer 2021

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. Daniela Schiller, Icann School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ( Schiller Lab)
Dr. Xiaosi Gu, Icann School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Computational Psychiatry Unit)

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