Department or Service
- Texas Medical Center
Research Coordinator III
Texas Children's Hospital
|Texas A&M University||bachelors||Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience|
My collective medical, clinical, and research experience has crafted an interest in clinical neuropsychology that consists of: the intellectual deficits of children who have had neurodevelopmental disruption (e.g. brain tumor, trauma, neurological deficits) and the impact this has on brain development (e.g. underlying neural mechanisms), neurocognitive outcomes, and overall quality of life. My current involvement in two different research programs at TCH allows me to work with a pediatric brain tumor population post-treatment as well as with an ASD population. In both roles, I support families throughout their research participation. When clinical needs are identified for study participants, I help families find appropriate resources throughout the hospital system. Importantly, I am a Bilingual Health Care Provider and find incredible fulfillment in facilitating the research experience for families who are Spanish-speaking who might not otherwise be able to participate in research due to language and cultural barriers. In working with my very own, the Hispanic/Latino population, I have become aware of the limitations of neuropsychology in this area, have taken strides to address these limitations, and plan to keep serving Limited English Proficiency families.
Antonini, T.N., Ris, M.D., Grosshans, D.R., Mahajan, A., Okcu, M.F., Chintagumpala, M., Paulino, A.C., Child, A.E., Orobio, J., Stancel, H.H., & Kahalley, L.S. (2017). Attention, processing speed, and executive functioning in pediatric brain tumor survivors treated with proton beam radiation therapy. Radiotherapy & Oncology 124(1), 89 – 97. Pubmed PMID for Antonini et. al: 28655455.
SPARK Consortium (February 2018). SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge): a US cohort of 50,000 families to accelerate autism research. Neuron, 97(3), 488-493. Pubmed PMID for SPARK Consortium: 29420931.