Gina received her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Human Development and Psychology and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. Her research interests have broadly focused on social-emotional skills, executive function, and teacher-student relationships with the hopes of informing education policy and promoting equity in early childhood education. Gina worked as a postgraduate associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence researching the associations between classroom quality and school readiness in preschools. During this time, she worked directly with educators and families as she explored the efficacy of a systematic approach to teaching emotional intelligence in preschool classrooms. Previously, she worked at Boston Children’s Hospital researching the development of children with rare neurogenetic disorders and piloted a research study exploring the efficacy of home-based video recordings. As an undergraduate Gina was a research assistant in the Children’s Emotions Lab at Virginia Tech studying self-regulation and emotion coaching in young children and worked as a teacher’s aide in preschool classrooms. She is excited to be working in the Faja Lab as a coordinator for the IDEA study and is particularly interested in how the study’s findings can inform future interventions, particularly in school settings.
Nicole graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Science and Spanish. Immediately following her graduation, she spent two years in Washington, D.C., at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Hospital. At CASD, Nicole worked closely with clinical psychologists, neuroimagers, and stakeholders on the autism spectrum to create clinical measures that incorporate and amplify the voices of those with ASD using a community-based participatory research model. She also piloted online ECHO clinics to disseminate resources to community providers and underserved communities in Washington, examined how autism presents across the gender spectrum, and used fMRI to investigate varying executive functioning profiles in youth with ASD. Lastly, she co-led two executive functioning intervention groups with preschoolers and middle schoolers on the autism spectrum and used data from these groups to write a manuscript on the executive functioning benefits that dual language exposure provides to children with ASD. At Tufts University, she collaborated with Dr. Gina Kuperberg, with whom she used EEG to examine the brain’s response to linguistic anomalies. She also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Faja Lab, in which she ran EEG appointments and cleaned data for the GAMES Project. She is so excited to be back in the Faja Lab again as a coordinator for ABCCT! Nicole’s research interests include bilingualism, executive functioning, and self-advocacy in autism, and she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In her free time, Nicole enjoys singing, biking, and hugging her French Bulldog.