Laura is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in hearing and speech sciences, and completed her M.S. degree in speech-language pathology at UW-Madison. Laura’s research interests include language skills in adolescents and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome. Specifically, Laura is interested in studying the broader impact of language skills on later outcomes throughout adulthood, including friendship development, employment status, and self-advocacy skills.