Ms. Samantha Major is the manager of the neurophysiology lab at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and is a Masters of Health Sciences degree candidate in the Duke University School of Medicine/NIH Clinical Research Training Program. In her role at the Center, she ensures the collection of high quality physiological data, including electroencephalography and eye gaze tracking data, and works to develop and apply analysis techniques. She has four years of experience managing EEG laboratories and has performed over 200 EEG experiments with children and adults. Samantha is interested in pursuing a career in autism clinical research, with an emphasis on identifying neural biomarkers of autism and developing safe, accessible treatments for individuals with autism.
Samantha graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Her previous research training was in neurobiology, social psychology, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. At the University of California, Irvine she assisted with patch clamp electrophysiology and hippocampal cellular mapping. At the University of California, Santa Cruz she designed and implemented a youth empowerment program in the community. In 2012 she began working at the University of Washington Autism Center, where she began collecting and analyzing EEG data from children with autism.