ASF Fellowship Hall of Fame – 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.
Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Jill started her career as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania focused on implementation of findings in a research setting into the community of public schools in urban Philadelphia.This video describes her research on interventions which improve social involvement in different settings. Now, she is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, core faculty at the UW School Mental Health, Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center and research affiliate at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Her research continues to be dedicated to 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 school settings. She is currently the principal investigator on a NIMH K01 Career Development Award that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine individual- and organizational-level factors as predictors of EBP implementation in self-contained settings for children with ASD.

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.