Pooja Parmar is a study coordinator for the Study of Oxytocin in Autism to improve Reciprocal Social Behaviors (SOARS-B). Her responsibilities include coordinating study activities, collection and processing of biological samples and patient vitals, administering neurocognitive assessments, medication dispensation and reconciliation, data entry, and general clinic and laboratory care.
Pooja obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she spent 2 years as a student assistant at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, where she assisted on Autism and Fragile X studies. After college she worked as a direct support professional/residential counselor at an adolescent psychiatric facility in Fuquay-Varina. At this level III facility Pooja provided a therapeutic environment, while implementing individualized care plans for patients, administering medications, and participated in group therapy. She joined Dr. Sikich’s team in 2014 and has assisted in coordinating studies such as Ontogenic Measurement of plasma and salivary oxytocin in Typically Developing Boys and Cortical Metrics: physiologically-based outcome measure for intervention trial in autism spectrum disorders.