Lab News

  • Brittany presents at the Alabama Autism Conference!

          Brittany recently had the opportunity to speak at the Alabama Autism Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she did her PhD work many years ago. Her talk was on how motor skills and …

  • Lab members present at the Society for Neuroscience 2023 conference!

    Three current and former lab members presented work at the 2023 Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington D.C.! From left to right: Sonali Naik, former undergraduate research assistant, presented on postural stability. Her project found …

  • Dr. Travers presents at Scientific Symposium for the Waisman’s 50th Anniversary event!

    With the Waisman Center turning 50 years old this year, a Scientific Symposium was held that featured researchers from inside and outside of the Waisman community. Our very own Dr. Brittany Travers gave a talk …

  • Farewell, Dr. Surgent!

    Earlier this month we said farewell to our beloved Dr. Olivia Surgent, who received her PhD this past December. Olivia will be working as a T32 Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California – Davis …

  • Meet Monica, our newest PhD student!

    This fall, we are welcoming a new MD-PhD student to our lab, Monica Duran! Originally from Puerto Rico, she moved to Madison, WI in 2020 for the start of the MD-PhD program at UW. She’s …

  • Welcome back, Brittany!

    After 8 months of learning at the University of Málaga and traveling, Brittany is back! Brittany taught classes at the university and learned all about new ways to measure movement of the body. While she …

  • Emily Skaletski receives award at Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars conference

    Last week our very own Emily Skaletski was one of two winners of the best student poster at the Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars conference! The event was held in Columbus, Ohio where she presented …

  • Lab leadership rendezvous in Stockholm!

    This week our post-doctoral fellow Dr. Olivia Surgent, PhD candidate Emily Skaletski, and PI Dr. Brittany Travers met up in Stockholm, Sweden. They visited the Nobel prize museum, saw the Royal Palace, and generally took …

  • Dr. Olivia Surgent presents poster at INSAR

    Dr. Olivia Surgent presented her poster this week at the annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Stockholm, Sweden! Her presentation highlighted the unique sensorimotor pathways for grip strength in the brain …

  • URS Student Presentations

        Our Undergraduate Research Scholar (URS) students had their presentations last week at Union South! Susan Lei, Lauren Salmi, Madelyn Scheid, and Roselyn Pacheco presented our Brainy Movement Study for Kids to the program …

  • Dr. Travers shares our work and visits strengths-based school for autistic individuals in Barcelona

        As a part of Dr. Travers’ Fulbright scholarship work in Malaga, Spain, she has the opportunity to travel and share our research with others. Last week she had the privilege of visiting Carrilet, …

  • Way to go, 2nd Year OTDs, on your poster session!

    Our awesome 2nd Year Occupational Therapy Doctoral students presented their work at the OT program’s poster session. Their project investigated sensorimotor differences and motor skills in children with autism (ASD) and ADHD and children with …

  • We’re much better at research than we are at bowling…

    We might not be great at bowling, but our lab knows how to use those motor skills and make a good effort! In celebration of the end of the semester and all that we have …

  • Congratulations, Dr. Olivia Surgent!

    This week Olivia successfully defended her dissertation to her committee, earning her PhD! Her dissertation project focused on grip strength and its neural correlates in children with and without autism. Her work has been central …

  • Emily Satterlund stopped by for a visit!

    Our former Research Intern Emily Satterlund (third from the left) came back to visit lab! Emily is almost halfway through her first year at the University of Michigan Medical School. She played a huge part …

  • Emily Skaletski successfully defended her proposal!

    On Thursday 11/10, our PhD candidate Emily Skaletski successfully defended her dissertation proposal to her committee! Her proposal centers around how participation in activities might impact the relation between features of autism and ADHD and …