Current Members

Edward S. (Ted) Brodkin, M.D.

Edward S. (Ted) Brodkin, M.D.

Director, Adult Autism Spectrum Program / Director, Social Neuroscience Laboratory / Co-Director, Autism Spectrum Program of Excellence / Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
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James A. Rankin

James A. Rankin

James is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on the cognitive-behavioral treatment study within the lab. He completed his PhD in Clinical Child Psychology at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), psychology predoctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Stony Brook University.

Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor

Sara is a Neuroscience graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at William and Mary. In the Brodkin Lab, she plans to study at the intersection of neuroscience and genetics by relating social behaviors to genetic pathways implicated in ASD.

Holly C. Dow, B.S.

Holly C. Dow, B.S.

A Research Specialist and Laboratory Manager at the University of Pennsylvania with 18 years of research experience. Holly’s work has focused on the neurobiology of social behaviors in mouse models related to ASD. She is currently working as a Research Coordinator as part of the ASPE Study Recruitment Team.

Brielle Gehringer, B.S.

Brielle Gehringer, B.S.

Brielle is a Clinical Research Coordinator on the ASPE Study. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. While at Penn, Brielle worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she studied cognition, linguistics, and communication in children with ASD.

Allison Langer, B.S.

Allison Langer, B.S.

Allison graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Allison previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she studied motor coordination in adolescents with ASD. After graduating, Allison worked at the Negev Autism Center in Israel researching methods for quantifying social symptoms of autism using motion capture.

Eric Rawot, B.S.

Eric Rawot, B.S.

Eric is a Clinical Research Coordinator on the ASPE Study. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior and Philosophy. While at Penn, Eric worked as a Research Assistant in the Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression Laboratory, where he studied the relationship between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

Zoe Smernoff, B.S.

Zoe Smernoff, B.S.

Zoe is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator as part of the ASPE Study at UPenn.

Samantha Steeman, B.S.

Samantha Steeman, B.S.

Samantha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ASPE Study at UPenn.

Oceania Eshraghi

Oceania Eshraghi
Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania


Ellie Gabriel

Ellie Gabriel
Undergraduate, Yale University, studying Biomedical Engineering


Maya Rajan

Maya Rajan
Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, studying Neuroscience



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