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Blanca Hernandez

Research Assistant

Lawrence Wong

Research Associate

Lawrence graduated from UCLA with a bachelor in psychology. There, he volunteered in multiple research laboratories involving children with autism, at risk youths, and adults with schizophrenia. He has then worked at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Hospital as a research associate and conducted neuropsychological assessments to adults with mild cognitive

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Happy Holidays from all of us at DCNL

From left to right: Christopher Nuñez, Eric Kan, Trinh Luu, Suzanne Houston, Jordan Barlam, Julie Werner, Mei Hoong, Elizabeth Sowell, Stefanie Bodison, Megan Herting, Max Orozco, Lisa Dokovna, Alexy Andrade. Not pictured: Christina Chen, Kristina Uban.

Jordan Barlam

Research Assistant

Jordan is currently in graduate studies for social work at USC.

Trinh T. Luu, MA

Project Coordinator

Trinh Luu is the project coordinator for the DCNL laboratory. She has a background in psychology and behavioral neuroscience and 10 years of experience in academic research. Before joining the team, Trinh worked as the study coordinator in addictions research at the VA hospital and as a neuropsychological tester in a schizophrenia research

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Stefanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Stefanie Bodison is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has been specializing in sensorimotor and neurodevelopmental intervention techniques with children for over 20 years. The populations with which she has particular interests include children with autism, developmental dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder and learning disabilities, and their

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Alexy F. Andrade

Staff Research Associate

While at UC San Diego I worked with several laboratories in the departments of Cognitive Science and Anthropology. My research in the department of Cognitive Science focused on auditory mirror neuron activation, while in the department of Anthropology I assisted on primate studies tracking the evolution of the human brain. In the

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Elizabeth R. Sowell, Ph.D.

http://kidsbrains.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/brainFULL11.mp3 About the Director

Elizabeth R. Sowell, Ph.D., a preeminent expert on childhood and adolescent development, specializing in neuroimaging, made the transition from Associate Professor in Residence with UCLA’s department of Neurology, to an esteemed position as Professor of Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA),

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Lisa Lu, Ph.D.

Post Doc

Dr. Lu is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Roosevelt, Chicago.

Mei Hoong

Program Manager

An accomplished research administrator with over 9 years of experience in contract and grant management, financial management, and program operations; I joined Dr. Elizabeth Sowell and her team at CHLA in August 2011. I am excited to be part of an amazing team investigating childhood and adolescent brain development. In my spare time,

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