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.

contact: douwe.horsthuis@einstein.yu.edu

Cat is the current study coordinator for the Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) study, investigating the effectiveness of SIT as a treatment for behavioral challenges in children with autism. She received her BA in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 2017, and her MA in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2018. Cat became interested in sensory processing in Autism prior to joining the CNL team, and her research during her undergraduate and graduate work was focused on visual processing and perceptual feature binding in ASD. As study coordinator Cat oversees recruitment and scheduling, works with a number of clinical partners for study outreach, and manages collaboration with a number of clinical evaluators involved in the study. She is also involved in data management and analysis for the study.

When she’s not in the lab, Cat enjoys traveling, candle making, and spending time with her fiancé Andy and her two cats Tommy and Finn.

contact: catherine.halpern@einstein.yu.edu

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!

contact: alaina.berruti@einstein.yu.edu

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