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About me

I started at KIND in Fall 2015 and I am a PhD student in developmental neuroscience.  I am a pediatric and public health nurse by background, but have a strong passion and interest in early childhood development, which led me to pursue this position at KIND.  I most recently worked as an Assistant Professor of Nursing in pediatrics and public health at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Research description

I am working on a few projects at KIND, including a study on typically developing infant twins, as well as studies examining minor physical anomalies in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 


I received my Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Swedish college in southern Minnesota, United States.  I received my Master's of Science as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Duke University and recently defended my dissertation at Vanderbilt University. The title of my dissertation was "Communicating with Health Care Providers: Perceptions of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders".

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