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Alexandra Dowd

Graduate Student

Child Development in Context Lab
Alexandra Dowd


Alexandra Catherine Dowd graduated Cum Laude in Psychology from Harvard University in 2011.  She completed her thesis in the Laboratory for Developmental Studies under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Spelke, exploring if 9-month-old infants understand how to take a person’s object preferences into account when helping that person acquire an object.  After graduation, she spent two years working as a Research Assistant in the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory with Dr. Katarzyna (Kasia) Chawarska and Dr. Frederick Shic, where she initiated two research projects that were presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research.  These projects assessed the presence and developmental trajectories of various regulatory and affective responses and social deficits throughout the second year of life in infants later diagnosed with ASD.  Alexandra recently joined the CDCL and Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program where she hopes to continue researching the emergence and development of prodromal symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.


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