Daina Tagavi is a postdoctoral fellow in the READi Lab. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine University and her master’s degree in Psychology at Boston University. Subsequently, she worked at the Center for Youth Mental Health at Harvard University on a project implementing a modular treatment for youth internalizing and externalizing problems in community settings. Daina received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on the development, adaptation, and implementation of assessments and interventions for individuals with ASD.
Catherine Dick, MS, Graduate Student
Catherine is a child clinical psychology graduate student at UW and is spending her clinical internship year at Oregon Health & Science University.. She is originally from Upstate NY, and attended McGill University in Montreal for her undergraduate degree. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in research at McGill and at the University of Rochester that helped to cultivate her research interests. Subsequently, she worked at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain with Dr. Cathy Lord on a multi-site language intervention study for minimally-verbal children with ASD. Catherine is interested in researching social communication development and intervention in ASD.
Hannah Benavidez, MS, Graduate Student
Hannah is a child clinical psychology graduate student at UW. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA. During that time, she was involved in various research labs and clinical fieldwork focused on developmental psychopathology, which sparked her interest in ASD. Following graduation, she became a research fellow at the Yale Child Study Center in Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska’s lab. There she worked on multiple studies including the Autism Center of Excellence grant focused on early indicators of ASD as well as a multimedia ASD screener study within the community. Her research interests include early intervention for children with ASD and accessibility to diagnostic and intervention services for families in the community.
Shana Attar, MEd, Graduate Student
Shana is a child clinical psychology graduate student at UW. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree from Harvard University. She became interested in ASD research while working as a phenotyper in an autism lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. She subsequently worked on an early detection study at Total Child Health in Baltimore and on an early intervention study at Drexel University in Philadelphia with Dr. Diana Robins and Dr. Giacomo Vivanti. Shana is interested in researching strategies that improve early detection rates and early intervention utilization in community settings.