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Frederick Shic, PhD

Frederick Shic, PhD

Frederick Shic, Associate Professor, CCHBD, Dept of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics. Dr. Shic, a computer scientist by training, investigates the mechanisms, markers, and developmental processes associated with autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions using neurobehavioral techniques such as eye tracking, neurophysiological techniques such as functional near infrared spectroscopy, and technology-enhanced behavioral paradigms involving mobile applications, social robots, and video games.

Frederick Shic, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at University of Washington/Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Shic's current research interests include applications of eye-tracking and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. near infrared spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy) to the study of the social and cognitive development in infants, toddlers, and children with autism, and the exploration of new technologies and methodologies for enriching both our understanding of autism and the lives of children with autism and their families. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Shic led the Technology and Innovation Laboratory at Yale University's Child Study Center. Prior to this, he was an associate research scientist under Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska, director of the Infant and Toddlers Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory. Prior to this, Dr. Shic completed an NIMH T32 training program in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders led Drs. James Leckman and Elena Grigorenko. Dr. Shic received his doctorate in Computer Science from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology. During his graduate work, Dr. Shic developed computational and mathematical approaches for analyzing eye-tracking data, with a focus on what these techniques can tell us about the social and cognitive development of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Prior to this, Dr. Shic was software engineer at the Sony Interactive Studios of America, and, later, a researcher at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, where he conducted research in 1H and 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), developing techniques for quantifying and visualizing brain metabolism and neurochemistry.

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Jenny Skytta, BA
Research Supervisor
Jenny joined Seattle Children’s in 2014. Before joining the lab, Jenny supported the Research Coordinator Core supporting industry-sponsored clinical trials. Jenny is passionate about working towards health equity for the community and bridging gaps in early ASD diagnosis. She is pursuing her Master’s in Information Science at UW.    

Sarah Corrigan, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator - Lead and Licensed Counselor
Sarah received her BA in Psychology and MA in Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Sarah worked as a case manager and educator for children with disabilities in early intervention for 6 years. Sarah joined Seattle Children’s in 2011 to focus on pediatric research on ASD. Sarah’s favorite part of the WONDER study is being able to play and interact with babies and toddlers.

Kelsey Dommer, MS
Clinical Research Scientist
Kelsey joined Seattle Children’s in 2017. After taking her first Developmental Psychology class, she came away unable to stop thinking about how “babies are geniuses”! This excitement of early development led her to focus primarily on language, learning, and how these processes vary in individuals. Her favorite part of the WONDER study is seeing families so happy to contribute to science.

Kate Riley
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Kate joined Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL) in March 2020 to work on the WONDER study. Currently, she’s pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. She’s interested in counseling families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and exploring the benefits of spending time in nature on mental health.

Jessica Benton
Clinical Research Coordinator II
After working as a behavior specialist in a range of settings, Jessica went on to receive her MA in Child Applied Psychology from the University of Washington. Jessica joined Seattle Children’s as a therapist intern for the OCD Intensive Outpatient Program and now works for the Seattle Children’s Research Institute on several projects including the WONDER study for SCITL. 

Hope Willis
Clinical Research Coordinator
Hope joined Seattle Children’s in 2020, after graduating with a BS in Neuroscience from the University of Washington. She is interested in childhood brain development and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in a related field in the future. Hope’s favorite part of the WONDER study is interacting with our study families and seeing babies in EEG caps during visits.

Michelle Soledad
Clinical Research Coordinator
Michelle joined Seattle Children’s in January 2022 after working as a medical assistant at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. She graduated with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Seattle University in 2020. She hopes to become a physician associate and provide care to underserved communities. She is very excited to learn more about early development as well as meet and work with all our WONDER study families and babies.