As a Clinical Trials Specialist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Michelle helps to coordinate activities related to the collection and compilation of clinical research data. She prepares the laboratory for clinical assessments, helps to monitor and maintain study materials, and works to ensure that the study experience is positive for all families.
Michelle graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Hispanic Languages and Literatures. During her time there, Michelle served as an undergraduate research assistant in the Early Social Development Lab where she studied helping and sharing behaviors in toddlers, interned at a Therapeutic Preschool for neglected and abused children, and gained experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings.
In the future, Michelle plans to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology and focus on early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Using research as her tool, she hopes to be an activist for children diagnosed with developmental disorders and to provide future generations with the best possible opportunities for success.