Hall of Fame – ASF Fellowship Class of 2011

Dr. Jessica Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology & Director of the Early Social Development & Intervention Lab, University of South Carolina
Jessica was supported at UCSB to investigate one of the first approaches to intervene on autism before symptoms developed by looking at social engagement. You can hear her describe her research here. Her initial research project became the foundation for a long line of inquiry related to discovering early biomarkers of ASD in infancy and translating those biomarkers to early intervention strategies. These issues remain central to her current program of research that aims to identify very early neurodevelopmental trajectories associated with the emergence of ASD and develop behavioral interventions for infants in the first year of life. Following her predoctoral fellowship, Dr. Bradshaw received her PhD in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara after which time she completed her postdoctoral work at the Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine. She has been involved in autism research since her undergraduate work in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego and her post-baccalaureate work at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Jill Locke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jill Locke is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director of the School Mental Health, Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center. To date, her research has focused on the: 1) presentation of social impairment for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in inclusive school settings; 2) identification of best practices for youth with ASD; and 3) understanding of successful implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth with ASD in public schools. Her experiences have highlighted the importance of collaborating with public schools and the reality of working within the constraints of publicly funded systems, their timeline (e.g. school calendar year), and with their personnel.

Dr. Elena Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Tenenbaum began her career at the Women & Infants Hospital at Brown University, where she spent her fellowship extending her work on the relation between attention to faces and language learning to children with autism. This video showcases Dr. Tenenbaum’s research, which explored how children with ASD differ in attentional distribution. This inspired her studies on cues to facilitate word learning in children with autism. Dr. Tenenbaum is currently a researcher and psychologist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. Her work focuses on the early detection and treatment of autism. She has special interest in the development of language and communication in autism, particularly among minimally verbal individuals.