Faja Laboratory | Student Interns

Undergraduate interns

Isabella “Bella” Schichter is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.Isabella ‘Bella’ Schichter

Isabella is a current sophomore at Emmanuel College majoring in neuroscience and biology with a psychology minor. Having had a childhood friend with ASD, she is excited to be apart of the IDEA and CRUSH projects, examining the presentation of executive functioning in children and creating a program to help young adults navigate romantic and sexual relationships. During high school, she spent a year tutoring an elementary schooler with English comprehension and language challenges. Outside of the lab, Isabella holds executive positions for multiple on-campus organizations and works for an administrative office. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Netflix, eating out with friends, and listening to music.

Brigid Kennedy is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.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.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Ademi is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Ademi

Gabby is currently a senior at Boston University, concentrating in neuropsychology. Her clinical interests reside in neurological/neurodegenerative disorders and their onset, pharmacotherapy, and psychopathology. In the years to come, she would like to obtain a PhD in neuropsychology. In the Faja lab, Gabby is studying emotion regulation in children with autism spectrum disorder. She hopes that better understanding of emotion regulation challenges will lead to development of proactive interventions.



Liam Arteaga is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.Liam 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 is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.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 is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.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.

Reeda Iqbal is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.Reeda Iqbal

Reeda is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. Having a younger sister with ASD, Reeda is passionate about helping families and children with ASD. She is excited to be part of the IDEA study and to strengthen her scientific and clinical understanding of ASD in young children. Previously, she has worked with children with neurodevelopmental conditions in the foster care system. Outside of lab, Reeda volunteers as a student advocate for the Advocating Success for Kids (ASK) program at BCH, where she supports families with special needs children and serves as the Co-Chair of her House Committee. Reeda hopes to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry and to serve as an advocate for children with neurodevelopmental conditions from underserved communities in the future.

Taylor Boyd is an undergraduate intern at the Faja Laboratory.Taylor Boyd

Taylor is a master’s student in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Huron University College in Canada in 2019 where she worked as a research assistant and lab manager for psychology labs. Outside of class, Taylor has examined motivation, autonomy and cross-cultural conceptions of creativity in her independent research. In her honors thesis, she explored the role of affect and movement during play on preschoolers’ divergent thinking skills. Taylor is thrilled to further develop her research skills and understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders in Dr. Faja’s lab. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and continue exploring children’s social-emotional development in the classroom. Beyond the lab, Taylor has worked in recreation programming in her hometown of Toronto as a swim instructor and aquatic supervisor. In her spare time, she enjoys running along the Charles and going to concerts.