In her role as a Clinical Trials Assistant at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Greeshma helps prepare the laboratory for clinical assessments and manages study materials for the DukeACT study. In addition, she helps ensure that the study visit is positive and impactful for the families, participants, and clinicians.
Greeshma received her Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in May 2017. During her time at Emory, she worked as a research assistant at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant. There, she assisted in the transcription, coding, and analysis of qualitative interviews to help create a web-based decision aid tool for patients and family members with Sickle Cell Disease. This tool was created to ensure that patients can make an informed decision regarding their healthcare and choose the best possible treatment for themselves.
Greeshma’s background in Autism began with her position as an assistant teacher at the Emory Autism Center, where she was exposed to the importance of early diagnosis and intervention for children with Autism. This experience led her to enroll in an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seminar course offered through the University’s Department of Psychology, where she was exposed to the science behind ASD and participated in a practicum at the Marcus Autism Center in the clinical research department. There, she observed the different diagnostic assessments used to diagnose children on the spectrum. She later returned to the Marcus Autism Center as an intern in the Language and Learning Clinic, where she learned methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and individualized protocols to nurture the strengths of each client.
Greeshma hopes to continue her education and pursue an M.D. in the future, strengthening her background in neuroscience and pediatrics.