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Coordinators & Technicians

Elizabeth O. Akinyemi, M.S CAMH

Elizabeth (aka Lizzy) is the Study Coordinator for the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE).

She has a degree in Psychology (BSc) and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MSc. CAMH) from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She is also a registered member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Profession in Nigeria (ACAPAN) and of the American Psychological Association (APA).

She has been working in the field of pediatric mental health for over a decade and has played a major role in raising awareness about ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her community. 


Elizabeth is very interested in understanding how the brain of children with neurodevelopmental conditions works, and to use this knowledge to inform interventions. Her goal is to pursue advanced studies in Neuropsychology.

Outside the lab, Lizzy loves to play with kids, to cook and try new dishes, and to spend time with her lovely and cute son Elliot.

Tringa Lecaj is a Study Coordinator at the CNL. Her responsibilities include recruiting and scheduling participants, implementing EEG, Eye Tracking and MoBI for data collection, conducting cognitive testing and managing databases. Tringa studied psychology undergrad and started off as a Student Trainee before working as a Study Coordinator. Tringa likes photography and binge watching tv shows.

Dennis is a Study Coordinator and joined the CNL in May 2022. Dennis' responsibilities include running EEG experiments, administering neuropsychological assessments, recruiting participants, and maintaining IRB protocols. Dennis graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2022. While in college, he was a part of a research team that investigated illicit use of ADHD medications as study drugs among college student populations. Outside the lab, Dennis tutors at Gigi's Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center, and likes to swim and read lots of books.

Alia joined the CNL as a pre-doctoral Research Trainee in July 2023. Her responsibilities include study recruitment, scheduling, post-collection cleanup, and EEG data collection and analysis. Alia graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Neuroscience from Adelphi University in May of 2023. Alia worked at the CNL previously as an REU Neuroscience Summer Intern in the summer of 2022 and volunteered with the lab afterwards. Alia also likes to hike, read historical fiction and sketch.

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