New Hires

Aliya Roginiel graduated from the Yale School of Public Health this past May with her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Her MPH thesis, with guidance from Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla and Dr. Jhumka Gupta, focused on the impact of intimate partner violence on the practice of breastfeeding among mothers in India, Nepal and East Timor using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys program. During the summer of 2012, Aliya also pursued a Wilbur G. Downs Fellowship with Dr. Elijah Paintsil of the Yale School of Medicine and Dr. Celia Christie-Samuels and Dr. Russell Pierre of the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica where she studied clinical and psychosocial impacts of HIV-disclosure to HIV-infected children and adolescents. In addition to her research experience, Aliya has also nurtured a passion for child health through her work as a student volunteer with Operation Smile while an undergraduate at Fairfield University. We are excited to welcome Aliya to the Mayes Lab, where she will be working on behavioral and electrophysiological studies of parenting. 

Carla Wall, B.A., M.S., joins us from Duke University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology, and Arizona State University, where she completed graduate work in Family and Human Development. She will be working in the Technology and Innovation Laboratory with Dr. Frederick Shic on studies of the therapeutic utility of handheld software applications for children with autism, intervention approaches using adaptive technologies including social robotics and game technologies, and new diagnostic techniques for understanding and evaluating socio-cognitive profiles of individuals with autism spectrum disorders across their lifespan. 

Dr. Gabor Szuhay has been hired as a Visiting Research Scholar in the Vaccarino Lab and will be working as a research trainee in the area of Tourette Syndrome and perinatal hypoxia.  Dr. Szuhay was previously employed as a Pediatric Neurologist at the Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children/Jefferson Medical College, in Wilmington, Delaware.  

Gabriella Livide has been hired as a Postgraduate Fellow in the Vaccarino Lab and will be receiving training in the technology of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), including differentiating iPSC lines into developing neurons of the cerebral cortex.  She is currently a PhD student in Medical Genetics at University of Siena, Italy.

Jennifer Brown is joining the Trauma Section as a Research Assistant II. Jennifer comes to Yale from the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport where she was Coordinator of Advocacy and Crisis Services. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Hartford. 

Ethan Foscue has been hired as a Postgraduate Associate in the Lombroso Lab.


We are celebrating the career milestones of staff who have reached 5-50  years of service during the 12 month period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  Our honorees for this year are:

Emily Hau, 5 years of service
Maria Lee, 5 years of service    
Deb Lichti, 5 years of service    
Dianna Mercier, 5 years of service    
Amanda O’Brien, 5 years of service    
Colleen Ryan, 5 years of service    
Yvonne Silva, 5 years of service
Gwen Price, 10 years of service
Nicole Staton-Lennon, 10 years of service
Denise Webb, 10 years of service
Nicole Wright, 10 years of service
Lily Katsovich, 15 years of service
Leena Kennedy, 15 years of service
Anne Santello, 20 years of service
Amy Margolis, 25 years of service
Monique Staggers, 25 years of service

The Child Study Center was proud to honor our long term service employees on January 28, 2013  at a breakfast ceremony hosted by Fred Volkmar and the Child Study Center’s HR Committee.  Congratulations to all!