Research Staff

Research Coordinators

Amy Yang

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Amy is a first-generation Hmong college graduate from the University of Minnesota Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. In the lab, she is a Research Coordinator for the SPARK autism genetics study and assists with outreach and recruitment strategies. Amy is especially interested in investigating genetic and behavioral traits of children with ASD and other comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders. Her interests outside of the lab include couponing, cooking, nurturing her plant babies, and being a great aunt to her nieces and nephews. 

Sarah Hodapp

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Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Genetics and Spanish. She is working in the CAN Lab as a Research Coordinator for the CBIT + TMS study. After graduating, Sarah served in the National Health Corps providing care coordination at a community health center in North Philadelphia. She also spent over 2 years years working as a Behavioral Therapist for young children with ASD throughout the Twin Cities metro area. She is excited to utilize her background in therapy to help study a potential treatment for individuals with tic disorders. In her free time Sarah enjoys music, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Claire Breitenfeldt

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Claire graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Psychology. She is a Research Coordinator in the CAN Lab, working primarily on the CBIT+TMS and TicTech studies. She is interested in using imaging and neuromodulation to learn more about neurodevelopmental disorders and work with individuals and families affected by them. Her long-term goal is to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, going for walks, and baking.

Lizzie Kangas

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Lizzie is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a major in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. She is working as a research coordinator in the lab, primarily focusing on the SPARK autism genetics study. In the future, Lizzie is interested in pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology to work in pediatric oncology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and painting.

Erin Myhre

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Erin graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in neuroscience and B.A. in sociology. In the lab she is a Research Coordinator working on the CBIT + TMS study, as well as the SPARK autism genetics study. Erin enjoys learning about clinical research and interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders. When not in lab, she can usually be found outside, reading or climbing at varying distances from the state with her dog Sadie. 


Research Assistants

Mayella Brinker

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Mayella is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in public health at the University of Minnesota. She is primarily working on the CBIT+TMS study, but helps with other studies in the lab. Mayella hopes to pursue a health communication career in the public health field. Her hobbies include baking, painting, and spending time with friends and family.

Alison Pryor

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Alison is a Research Assistant in the CAN lab working primarily on the Tic Tech study. Her interests are in sex differences in individuals diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. Alison graduated with a B.S in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is currently applying to medical school. She work as a psychiatric associate in an inpatient psychiatric unit for M Health Fairview. Alison loves to travel, be outside, and participate in any activity that gets her adrenaline pumping!