Lab Director

Cali Photo Ashley Johnson Harrison, Ph.D.


 CAARE Lab Graduate Students

 Madison Paff

I am a doctoral student in the educational psychology program with an emphasis in school psychology. I graduated from Presbyterian College in 2014 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Spanish, and I attained my M.A. in Educational Psychology in December 2017. Some of my research interests include disparities in accessing early childhood services, cross-cultural comparisons, mental health literacy, and autism spectrum disorders. I love to travel and to learn about other cultures, and once I graduate, I hope to continue to work with and serve diverse populations.

 Yvette Bean

I am a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program with an emphasis in School Psychology. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Elon University and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Towson University. My research interests include attention and cross-cultural assessment and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I enjoy horseback riding and dancing. Once I graduate I would like to work with children with developmental disabilities in a school or clinical setting.


 Hannah Durham

I am a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 where I received my BA in Public Health and minor in Psychology. My research interests include cross-cultural perceptions of autism, assessment, and disparities within early intervention. Once I graduate, I would like to work with children with disabilities in either a school or clinical setting.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

 Sydney Erickson

I am a double major in Biology and Psychology emphasizing on neuroscience, and a minor in Spanish. I have had experience with children with Autism through volunteer opportunities as well as an internship in a special education pre-k classroom. I am very interested in community outreach and have served as a member of the executive board for Special Olympics at UGA for two years. I love having the opportunity to research in the realm of Autism, more specifically disparities in accessing special education disability services, as a part of the CAARE lab. In the future, I hope to become a pediatrician and serve as a resource to children and families with Autism as well as other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

 Alex Marion

I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology at UGA. My participation in the lab stems from my interest in mental health. I serve as president of NAMI on Campus UGA, a student organization dedicated to reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and to providing support for students impacted by it. Appropriately, my primary research interest concerns the stigma associated with autism. In my future, I hope to become a physician, potentially a psychiatrist, and desire to help improve the lives of those impacted by mental health conditions.

Courtney Cunningham

 I am currently a Marketing, Pre-Med major at UGA and I aspire to become a Pediatrician with a private practice as well as to work with the Doctors Without Borders program. I am interested in Neuroscience and Psychology research due to my involvement with the Special Needs community. I love being involved with the CAARE Lab because it not only provides me with the understanding I seek of others and their needs especially in the ASD community, but also allows me the chance to investigate and advocate for the discrepancies found in health care industry.

 Anna Gerald

I am a Health Promotion and Behavior major with an emphasis in Health Services and a premedical intent. I am involved with volunteering at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and Compassionate Care Hospice. I am also a member of the UGA Flagline, Go Dawgs!  My research interests center around combining the use of eye tracking equipment and impact of cultural influences to study social attention behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. In the future, I hope to continue working with children through either pediatrics or obstetrics.


 Mmachi Okeke

I am a Biological Science major on the pre-med track with a Spanish minor here at the University of Georgia. My interests include pediatric care, helping those with language barriers, and researching or developing effective late-intervention programs for teenagers and young adults with autism in order to decrease stigmas. I am excited to work in the CAARE Lab because the lab gives me an early hands-on experience in the field I’m passionate in. I aspire to become a pediatrician who specializes in autism with my own practice in the future.



Past Team Members

imfar Ashley Dubin, M.A.


10406553_10202982938472668_1302367250729220296_n Maggie Naughton


Allison Allison Fialkowski


Katelynn Katelynn Porto


Me and Landon Bergen Aughey


Mylissa Mylissa Slane, M.S.

FullSizeRender  Sidra Shakil

Sanjida Sanjida Mowla

11025772_868092216561352_9020090267134996306_n Rebecca Miller

 Sarah Futch

 Mitra Kumareswaran

 Dorna Mansouri

 Rose Engel



Brianna Cochran

November 30, 1994 – March 25, 2015


Brianna was an undergrad research assistant in the CAARE lab.  She loved working with kids and planned to be a pediatric surgeon. She enjoyed traveling and learning about the world. Brianna was truly a lovely young woman, inside and out. Her vibrancy, kindness, and extraordinary gift for making others feel special will be something that we will miss every day.