Our Staff

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research & Treatment
Stephen Sheinkopf

Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD

Director & Principal Investigator

I am a clinical and developmental psychologist. My clinical role is focused on diagnosis and supports for young children with autism and developmental disabilities, and the focus of my research is also on the early development of children with autism. I have lived in Rhode Island for most of my professional career, and I am proud to call it home. It is a place where we know one another and where we can have an impact.  

Giulia Righi

Giulia Righi, PhD

Co-Investigator & Staff Psychologist

I am a staff psychologist at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at E. P. Bradley Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I am interested in understanding ASD through both research and clinical services, with a primary focus on the assessment and study of those who require significant levels of psychiatric care. 

Daniel Moreno De Luca

Daniel Moreno De Luca,


Adult-Child Psychiatry 

I'm  a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital, where I also provide genetic psychiatry consultation to people with autism spectrum disorder, or neuropsychiatric conditions arising from a clinically-identifiable genetic cause. I'm an assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and perform research on the genetics of autism with a focus on precision medicine.

Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD

Director & Principal Investigator

I am a clinical and developmental psychologist. My clinical role is focused on diagnosis and supports for young children with autism and developmental disabilities, and the focus of my research is also on the early development of children with autism. I have lived in Rhode Island for most of my professional career, and I am proud to call it home. It is a place where we know one another and where we can have an impact.  

Kayla Perkins

Kayla Perkins 

Senior Clinical Research Assistant

I joined the RI-CART team in 2015 and my role is to support families through the enrollment process, support recruitment of families for the study at community events and help maintain the RI-CART database.

I graduated from the University of Connecticut where I earned a BA with honors in Psychology and worked on a study investigating a measure designed for the early detection of autism and related disorders. 

Monica Treviño 

Monica Treviño 

Clinical Research Assistant

I joined the RI-CART team in 2017 to  support families through the enrollment process, assist in the management of the RI-CART database,  and to share about RI-CART at community events.

I graduated from Brown University with a BA in Psychology. During my time at Brown, I  worked as a Research Assistant on a study focusing on environmental factors in language development, as well as a lab looking at Cognitive Bias Modification as a treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Thomas F. Anders

Thomas F. Anders, MD

Senior Research Scientist & Volunteer Senior Consultant

I am a retired, academic child and adolescent psychiatrist, and have extensive experience in autism research and community building.

Prior to helping launch RI-CART in 2009 and returning to Brown University as an adjunct professor, I co-founded the M.I.N.D. Institute at University of California, Davis – a premier research institute for people on the ASD spectrum. I am also past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP.)

Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley

Clinical Research 


I joined the RI-CART team in 2017. I currently support RI-CART recruitment and enrollment efforts, and  help collect and manage data for the Hassenfeld Autism Initiative.

I graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park with a BS in Psychology. At UMD, I worked in the Child Development Lab and used EEG to study cognitive functioning as a potential biomarker for the development of anxiety disorders.

Robin Evans

Robin Evans


I have over 15 years of experience as a phlebotomist, including working in the RI Blood Center, The Miriam Hospital, and a pediatric practice.I received my 

certificate in phlebotomy in 1999 from the Community College of Rhode Island. I'm excited to be a part of the RI-CART team!

Lauren DeMoss

Lauren DeMoss, 


Outreach Coordinator

I'm  the initial point of contact for families interested in joining the research registry.  I coordinate many of the Consortium’s events and outreach efforts and also conduct assessments with

RI-CART participants.

I previously worked as a project coor-dinator at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and as a school-based occupational therapist in North Carolina.I hold an MS in occupational therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Silvana Guerrero

Silvana Guerrero

Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator

I joined the RI-CART team in 2017. As Outreach coordinator, along with Lauren DeMoss, I oversee the recruitment of families in our studies, with a particular focus on the Hispanic population. I also works closely in marketing and web presence initiatives from RI-CART.


I graduated from the UNAB with BA in Marketing Engineering. Before I moved to Providence, she worked volunteer at La Clínica Hispana at Yale in New Haven,  designing media and communi-cation strategies for the Hispanic families by creating new tools to improve education and engagement of families, kids, doctors and parents. I will be happy to help Spanish speakers to learn more about RI-CART and to get involved in research. 

Elaine Bucknam

Elaine Bucknam

Data Management Specialist

I joined the RI-CART team un 2017. I oversee the RI-CART database, facilitate data analysis for research projects, and support recruitment of families and providers at community events. 

I earned a B.A in Psychology and Studio Art. During my time at college, I completed research on social motivation and social cognition in high-functioning boys with autism.

Carrie Best

Carrie Best, MPH

Project Coordinator

I  joined the RI-CART team in June 2015 as Project Coordinator.  I  bring more than 10 years of research experience, primarily working on studies focused on pregnancy and infants. As the mother of a child with ASD, I offer s a unique pers-pective to this program and find my 

position with RI-CART particularly meaningful.

I hold  a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Music Performance.

Danielle Sipsock, MD

Danielle Sipsock, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow

I am currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Brown, as well as a Fellow in Brown/ NIMH’s T32 Research Training Program in Child Mental Health. 

I completed my medical school training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In undergraduate training, I became interested in research while studying habitat disturbance on endangered lemurs in Madagascar. In medical school, I assisted in developing a protocol to use an online social network to study social skill acquisition for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. I also co-authored a multi-disciplinary review of self-injurious behavior in autism spectrum disorder while doing an internship at an autism treatment center. 

My research and clinical interests are currently focused on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ASD and psychiatric comorbidities.

 Natalie Noonan

 Natalie Noonan, PsyD

Neuropsychology Fellow

I am a second year neuropsychology fellow doing primarily clinical work at Bradley Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient clinics. My clinical work focuses on neuropsychological assessment of autism, learning disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. My research interests include assessment and diagnosis in inpatient settings.

Molly Goldman

Molly Goldman,MS, CGC

Genetics Counselor 

I am a certified genetic counselor with experience in a variety of genetic counseling environments both clinical and research.  Prior to joining Bradley Hospital, I worked at Columbia New York Presbyterian Children's Hospital providing guidance and counseling to individuals and families for numerous genetic conditions in both prenatal and pediatric settings. In addition to a focus on the New York State newborn screening program and a multidisciplinary approach to Cystic Fibrosis care, I worked with early emerging data from chromosome microarrays to track the clinic's autism-related gene changes in attempt to elucidate a range of possible underlying causes. I received my master's degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2008. 

Joanne Quinn

Joanne G. Quinn

     ExecutiveDirector at 

The Autism Project

In 1999, my youngest son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. At that time, there were not many places to turn to. The Autism Project helped to guide my family and me through this process. The founding professionals inspired me to get involved within this community. Being able to provide resources and information to families and be there for each of them, whatever their need may be is something that I truly love to do.


I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

I began as Executive Director in 2002.

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Susan Baylis

Family and Resource Specialist

I serve as RI-CART’s liaison with The Autism Project and am available as a resource to every family within RI-CART.As the parent of two daughters with autism, I understand the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, as well as the fear and confusion that follows a diagnosis. I have worked at The Autism Project as a Parent Consultant/Resource Specialist since March 2005 offering support and assistance to families and community partners. 

Alicia Ead

Alicia Ead

 Senior Family Support 

Specialist at The Autism Project

I joined the Autism Project family as a Parent Resource Specialist. My passion for special education and Autism was further ignited when my son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. I use my education and firsthand experience to help parents and professionals understand how Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts individuals on a daily basis along with providing strategies to help with any challenging behavior while creating greater independence.