Faja Laboratory | Student Interns

  Undergraduate Interns 

Brigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy is a rising sophomore at Harvard University where she is pursuing biology and psychology. Prior to Harvard, she worked as a camp counselor for young children and volunteered as a peer mentor for students transitioning from lower to middle school. Brigid conducted research on childcare modalities and their implications for child development for an independent study in high school. She is extremely excited to be working with young patients and learning as much as possible about brain development. Brigid is also a passionate rower for Harvard and can be found rowing on the Charles River as often as possible. In her free time, Brigid enjoys baking, relaxing with friends, and coloring.

 

Clara ThornClara Thorn

Clara is a rising senior at Davidson College, where she studies Psychology and Neuroscience. She has had extensive personal and work experience with individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Last summer, Clara was a research intern at the Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University. She worked on a study comparing the pragmatic communication profiles of minimally verbal and nonverbal children and adolescents with ASD. Clara is passionate about the individual differences that exist within intellectual and developmental disorders and working to create as well as provide individualized behavioral support. She is very excited to be working on the IDEA project. After graduating from Davidson College, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on ASD. In her free time, Clara enjoys rewatching Harry Potter, scouting out gluten free bakeries, and going for walks with her Lakeland Terrier. 

 

Liam ArtegaLiam Arteaga

Liam is a rising senior at Emmanuel College pursuing majors in Neuroscience and Counseling Psychology with a minor in Statistics. Prior to joining the Faja Lab, Liam worked in a Social Psychology Research Lab at Emmanuel as a research assistant investigating Japanese gender roles and women in leadership. He also interned at Our Lady's Hospice Care facility in Dublin Ireland working with palliative care patients during his study abroad experience. Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder have always been an interest of Liam's and he is excited to join the IDEA project to further his understanding of the clinical presentations of ASD along with working with the children. Aside from academics, Liam is very involved at his home institution as he is going on his fourth year in Student Government serving as The Class of 2020 President. Liam hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, aspiring to move to London, England to continue his studies after Emmanuel.

Matt Armstrong


Matt Armstrong

Matt is a rising senior at Boston College and majors in Natural Sciences in the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Matt was diagnosed with ASD when he was a senior in high school and has always been interested in supporting those who struggle with ASD like himself. Previously, Matt has worked with children as a swim instructor and also currently works at a Restaurant where he is a cook. In his spare time Matt enjoys running, going to Orleans Firebirds baseball games and drumming in the Boston College Marching Band.

 

 

  

Margaret Hauk

Margaret Hauk

Margaret is a rising senior majoring in psychology at Boston University. In addition to working on the ABC-CT project in the Faja Lab, she has worked in the Developing Minds Lab at BU where she assists with a study examining episodic future thinking in 2- to 6-year-old children. She is excited to return to the Faja lab and work on the IDEA project where she hopes to learn more about the presentation of executive function in children with ASD. Margaret hopes to continue her work in child research after graduating; however, she is still undecided about her specific path. Outside of the lab, Margaret is actively involved in her sorority as the philanthropy chair and enjoys spending time with friends, watching football, and playing with her dogs.