Hannah works as a clinical trials assistant to investigate the role of sensory over-responsivity and anxiety in children with and without Autism. Her responsibilities include assisting in the collection and organization of research data, preparing the laboratory for participants, performing assessments, and providing any assistance necessary to ensure every family has a positive and educational experience.
She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in both Psychology and Criminology focusing on biology and neuroscience, which established her interest in brain development. While working for the Penn State Department of Criminology, she examined the role of cortisol levels and anxiety in memory accuracy of children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disorders, particularly in regards to eyewitness testimony. She also served as a research assistant for the Penn State Department of Psychology to investigate the connections between trauma, early-age social information processing skills, anxiety, stress, aggression, and their impact on relationships at various stages of development. Research efforts concentrated on the study of intrapersonal and interpersonal processes which could contribute to abnormal cognitive development in terms of changes to information processing skills.
In 2015 she began working at a counseling center focusing on children and adolescents with developmental disorders, where she conducted initial interviews with patients, performed assessments, and handled administrative tasks.