Addison Welch

Clinical Research Specialist

In her role as a Clinical Research Specialist, Addie’s responsibilities for the Duke Center of Excellence A+ Development study 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 experience.

Addie received her Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in English/Creative Writing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in May 2018. During her time at Emory, she worked as a research assistant at the Marcus Autism Center in both the Clinical Assessment Core and the Behavioral Analysis Research Core. There, she gained clinical and research experience by assisting the conduction of various studies and observing diagnostic evaluations. This culminated in a senior thesis examining the utilization of self-soothing mechanisms and facial affect in 2-4-month-old infants who later developed ASD.

Addie’s exposures to ASD began with writing a term paper about the presence of neurodiversity in a book for an English class during her freshman year at Emory. In addition to her internships at the Marcus Autism Center, she obtained a federal work study job at the Emory Autism Center. Both of her placements made her aware of the lack of resources available to those with autism in rural Georgia where she is from as well as a personal interest in studying girls with autism.

Addie hopes to continue her education by obtaining a PhD in clinical or school psychology, so she can one day serve rural communities by becoming a provider of much needed services and resources.