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Research Division Team Members

Vice President of Research

The Vice President of Research leads all ESSC research initiatives, develops the organizational systems to conduct research, and serves as the Director of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB). The Vice President of Research is a principle investigator (PI) overseeing a team of researchers.

Reseach Team Member Amin Duff Lotfizadeh

Amin D. Lotfizadeh, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Director of Research Operations

The Director of Research Operations assists with managing the division’s daily activities serves as a researcher and oversees other research team members.

Headshot of Meghan Herron Autism Research Assoc Dir of Research

Meghan Herron, M.S., BCBA

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Research Supervisor

The Research Supervisor position consists of clinicians with a master’s degree or higher who have at least one publication, either a peer-reviewed publication, thesis, or dissertation. Research Supervisors oversee their team of Associate Researchers and Research Assistants.

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Larry Platt


Cynthia Rico

Cynthia Rico, M.S., BCBA


Associate Researcher

The Associate Researcher position consists of clinicians with a master’s degree or higher who have designed and managed at least one study, and have submitted at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

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Tabatha Adkins, M.S., BCBA


Headshot of Autism Researcher Sierra Carrier

Sierra Carrier, M.S., CCC-SLP


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Eric McCoy


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Jessica Turner


Research Assistant

The RA position consists of associates who are developing their research experience. These associates assist with the daily research activities, data entry, and all administrative duties related to a study.

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Leticia Alatorre


Autism Research Ryan Gonzalez

Atanacio “Ryan” Gonzalez, M.S., BCBA


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Sarah Long, M.P.H


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Tahlia Mullins


Research Assistant Robot

Learn about Research Assistant Hans the Robot

Hans the research robot

Interested in joining our team? Contact ResearchDivision@essc.org


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