Lab Director

Cali Photo Ashley Johnson Harrison, Ph.D.


 Graduate Students

Mylissa Mylissa Slane, M.S.

I am a second year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology Program. I completed my undergraduate work at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I then went on to receive my master of science degree in Experimental Psychology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. My research interests focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders, joint attention, eye tracking, and social cognition. My career goals include working at a clinic/medical center that specializes in working with children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Madison Madison Paff

I am a second year doctoral student in the educational psychology program with an emphasis on school psychology. I graduated from Presbyterian College with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Spanish, and I lived in Hong Kong for the past year teaching English. Some of my research interests include global mental health, dual language learners, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I love to travel and to learn about other cultures, and once I graduate, I hope to continue to work with diverse populations of students in a school setting.


 Maggie Molony M.S., BCBA

I obtained my BCBA certification and Masters degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in 2015.  I have over 8 years’ experience working with both children and adults with varying developmental and intellectual disabilities in numerous environments, including a psychiatric hospital, home settings, clinics, and schools. I was also Team Leader Behavior Counselor and conducted in-home parent training weekly with parents who abused and/or neglected their children. I have continued working with parents here at Georgia and have created a program for our families at the UGA behavior clinic.  I am currently completing my second year in the Ph.D program at UGA and I consult in both schools and at the UGA behavior clinic with both children and adults with disabilities. I am active in presenting both posters and presentations at the annual ABAI conference and other ABA-related conferences. My areas of interest include staff and parent training across various environments and also increasing and improving adult services. 


Undergraduate Research Assistants


FullSizeRender Sidra Shakil

I am a fourth year Biology major with a pre-medical intent. I am currently assisting with eye-tracking research and early detection of Autism. I will be graduating from the university in May 2017, and I hope to attend medical school the following fall. I have a very strong interest in working with and providing necessary help to children. My long term career goal is to become a Pediatrician after graduating from medical school and to potentially continue working with early childhood research!

Sanjida Sanjida Mowla

I am a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Public Health. I had experience with children with Autism for the first time this summer at the Marcus Autism Center and am excited to learn more about detection and eye-tracking. I am also interested in learning about views on Autism and other developmental disabilities in developing countries. After college, I hope to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology.


11025772_868092216561352_9020090267134996306_n Rebecca Miller

I am a third-year Biology major and Spanish minor. I began to develop an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder after my first summer working on staff at Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for kids with disabilities and other life challenges. I am especially interested in learning more about the early detection methods for autism and what factors contribute to the individual’s placement on the spectrum. After graduation, I hope to become either a pediatric doctor or nurse practitioner.


 Sydney Erickson

I am a first-year Biology major and Spanish minor with a pre-medical intent. 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 excited to learn more about eye tracking as well as possible barriers for early intervention. In the future, I hope to become a pediatrician and serve as a resource to children and families with Autism and other developmental disorders.


 Sarah Futch

I am a second-year Intended Communication Sciences and Disorders major.  I have worked with children and adults with autism and special needs through volunteer opportunities as well as working as an assistant teacher in ESL classrooms. I am thoroughly enjoying participating in research on joint-attention and eye-tracking while expanding my knowledge of ASD.  My goal is to use the knowledge I have acquired throughout my time in the CAARE lab and apply it to my future career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. 


 Mitra Kumareswaran

I am a fourth-year with a double major in Biology (with a Neuroscience emphasis) and English. I was a research assistant in the UGA Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, and I am excited to have joined the CAARE lab. I have worked with children with autism and other special needs through volunteering, internships, and shadowing therapists. I am especially interested in studying how children with autism learn language, and I am eager to learn more about how eye-tracking is utilized to better understand the relationship between autism and joint attention. I plan to attend medical school and pursue either pediatric neurology or developmental pediatrics with a focus in autism.





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





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.