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Karena Leo, PhD; Marika Coffman, PhD; Sarah Maylott, PhD

Dr. Karena Leo received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. She completed her internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is currently a postdoctoral scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Porter. Dr. Leo has received a diversity supplement grant and recently received an NCI F32 Award. Her research interest is in the study of behavioral and emotional processes during couple interactions that are associated with emotional closeness, behavioral connection, and chronic health. Her research interests include developing and adapting research methods and couple-based interventions for delivery to a wide range of couples, especially underserved couples, coping with cancer. Marika Coffman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, situated within the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. Her program of research is focused on identifying biological and behavioral mechanisms of emotion regulation difficulties in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder to facilitate and improve interventions. Dr. Coffman was the inaugural Sara S. Sparrow at the Yale Child Study Center. She completed her doctoral training at Virginia Tech, clinical internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and postdoctoral fellowships at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. She currently is the clinical lead at Duke for the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials and is a collaborator on the Duke ACE Project 2, which is aimed at predicting autism diagnoses from electronic health records. Sarah Maylott, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Duke University in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences department, is a developmental psychologist interested in pinpointing early disruptions in fetal and infant neurodevelopment, with a focus on at-risk infants who were exposed to substances in utero. Her research program is also concentrated pre-, peri-, and postnatal birthing parent and environmental risk and resiliency factors that may impact infant neurodevelopment. Link to join:


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