As a Clinical Research Specialist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Ava assists with the preparation of lab materials and the collection of clinical research data. She helps ensure that the study experience is positive for all families.
Ava graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016 with a B.A. in psychology. During her time at Carolina, Ava volunteered as a research assistant in the Carolina Affective Science Lab that studies the body’s physiological responses to emotions and the processes that give rise to emotion. Ava has a passion for children and has worked with kids with and without a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder at several early education schools and community centers over the past 5 years.
In the future, Ava aspires to pursue a PhD in clinical or school psychology to continue to study children’s social and emotional development.