EEG lab manager, study coordinators & research technicians

Douwe Horsthuis is the EEG lab manager at the Sheryl and Daniel R. Tishman Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His training is in Education and he worked in the Netherlands as an elementary school teacher. Douwe’s responsibilities in the Lab are multifaceted, ranging from administrative and organizational procedures to electrophysiological and eye-tracking data collection.

He is involved in various projects and works with adults and children in several clinical (such as: autism, schizophrenia, 22Q11.DS, cystinosis, RETT) and non-clinical populations.

Alaina is a study coordinator for multiple EEG projects at our lab exploring multi-sensory integration in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She recently graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a degree in Integrative Neuroscience and has previously worked in research targeting the screening for and diagnosis of ASD. At the CNL, she assists with recruitment and data collection for our EEG studies. In the future, she intends to become a developmental pediatrician and continue to work with children on the Autism spectrum. In her free time, she enjoys baking and watching stand-up comedy!

Rinaldys is the Study Coordinator for the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) project at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. ACE aims to 1, increase the representation of Black participants in genetic research and 2, assess the barriers to diagnosis and treatment of Autism that their caregivers experience. To this end, Rinaldys recruits, schedules, and interviews African, African American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, and Mixed-Race families with a child on the Autism spectrum. Additionally, he oversees the sample collection process and manages all medical records and datasets for this study. Rinaldys graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA as a Biology major with an emphasis in biochemistry and molecular biology. He has previously worked at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and intends to pursue a career in translational/clinical research as a physician-scientist. Outside of the lab, Rinaldys can be found either traveling, in a dance class, trying new cuisines, or at home binge-watching TV shows.

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