Janine is Speech and Language Pathologist and student in the M.S./Ph.D. program working with Dr. Ellis Weismer. She first became interested in developmental and cognitive research through working in Dr. Jenny Saffran’s Infant Learning Lab, where she completed an undergraduate senior thesis project investigating the effects of visual salience on infants’ lexical processing. Her research interests are centered around what mechanisms drive the vast differences in language outcomes observed among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and how these mechanisms can be applied clinically in order to facilitate language growth for children with ASD. Janine is passionate about “bridging the gap” between research and clinical work.