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California State University Fullerton
Center for Autism Applied Developmental Core

Student Highlights

Alyssa Bailey, B.S.

Alyssa Bailey

Current role: Staff, Lab Co-Coordinator

Years attended CSUF: 2013-2016 (Child & Adolescent Studies and Psychology)

Time involved with lab thus far: 2.5 years

Why I got involved with the lab: I was looking for research experience with a clinical child population, and was directed to Drs. Baker and Fenning. After meeting with the lab coordinator, I knew that it would be a great fit and started as an RA soon thereafter.

Skills I have learned in the lab: Novel research design, implementation, and presentation; administering cognitive/neuropsychological assessments and diagnostic interviews; running data collection visits with families; supervision of students

Best lab memory: Road-tripping to Denver for APA 2016

Career aspirations and why: Clinical Psychologist; I specifically want to do as much as I can to help prevent and alleviate the effects of children's exposure to trauma through research, policy reform, and clinical work.

Presentations with the Lab:

Bailey, A.N., Baker, J.K., Moffitt, J., Fenning, R.M., & Orr, M. (2017, August) Child correlates of parental functioning in families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Washington D.C.

Orr, M., Bailey, A.N., Moffitt, J., Zeedyk, S., Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K. (2017, May). The role of parent satisfaction with parenting efficacy in links between depressive symptoms and observed parenting in families of children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). San Francisco, CA.

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Moffitt, J.M., & Bailey, A.N. (2016, August) Arousal reactivity, regulation, and behavior problems in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Physiological reactivity and individual differences in autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA). Denver, CO.

Bailey, A.N., Moffitt, J.M., Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M. (2016, April). Exposure to interparental conflict and behavior problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Western Psychological Association. Long Beach, CA.

Bailey, A.N., Moffitt, J.M., Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M. (2015, November). Exposure to interparental conflict and behavior problems in children with ASD. Oral presentation at the 2015 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Claremont, CA.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, B.A.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, B.A.

Current role: Staff, Lab Co-Coordinator

Years attended CSUF: 2012-2016 (Psychology)

Time involved with lab thus far: 5 years

Why I got involved with the lab: A peer mentor introduced me to Drs. Fenning and Baker in my first semester at CSUF. I was very interested in exploring research and had an interest in studying emotion in children. It seemed like a great fit and I started working for them shortly thereafter. Obviously one of the most opportune meetings of my life.

Skills I have learned in the lab: More than I can list. My favorite opportunity has been learning to administer cognitive, neuropsychological, and diagnostic assessments. Other learned skills include research design, data analysis, general lab coordination, collection and analysis of psychophysiological measurement data, and management of undergraduate research assistants.

Best lab memory: Traveling to conferences with lab mates!

Career aspirations and why: I want to be Rachel. Because she is amazing. (Other answer): Clinical psychologist; I hope for my research and clinical work to help better understand and support families of children with developmental disabilities.

Publications with the lab:

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Erath, S.A., Baucom, B.R., Moffitt, J., & Howland, M.A. Sympathetic under-arousal and externalizing behavior problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, online ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0332-3

Fenning, R. M., Baker, J. K., Baucom, B. R., Erath, S. A., Howland, M. A., & Moffitt, J. M. Electrodermal variability and symptom severity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 47(4), 1062-1072. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3021-0

Baker, J. K., Fenning, R. M., Howland, M. A., Baucom, B. R., Moffitt, J., & Erath, S. A. (2015). Brief report: A pilot study of parent–child biobehavioral synchrony in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 4140-4146. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2528-0

Presentations with the lab:

Moffitt, J. M., Baker, J. B., & Fenning, R. M. A cross sectional investigation of emergent emotion regulation in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Fenning, R. M., Moffitt, J. M., Baker, J. K., & Partida, Y. A. Psychophysiolgical reactivity and social information processing in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Bailey, A. N., Baker, J. K., Moffitt, J. M., Fenning, R. M., & Orr, M. Child correlates of parental functioning in families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Washington D.C.

Fenning, R. M., Moffitt, J. M., Baker, J. K., & Partida, Y. A. Hostile attributions of intent and comorbid behavior problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

Orr, M. E., Bailey, A. N., Moffitt, J. M., Zeedyk, S. M., Fenning, R. M., & Baker, J. K. The role of parent satisfaction with parenting efficacy in links between depressive symptoms and observed parenting in families of children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

Chan, N., Neece, C., Fenning, R., & Moffitt, J. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Among Parents of Children with Developmental Delays: The Role of Parent Emotion Regulation.In P. Hauser-Cram (Chair), Parent and Family Contributions to Adaptation and Interventions for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Symposium presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Baker, J. K., Fenning, R. M., Moffitt, J. M., & Bailey, A. Arousal reactivity, regulation, and behavior problems in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Physiological reactivity and individual differences in autism spectrum disorder. Symposium presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K., Baucom, B., & Moffitt, J. Electrodermal variability and symptom severity in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Physiological reactivity and individual differences in autism spectrum disorder. Symposium presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Fenning, R. M., Moffitt, J. M., & Baker, J. K. Theory of mind, executive functioning, and aggressive behavior in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Moffitt, J. M., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Emotion regulation and child factors in ASD, considering contextual variation. Poster presented at the 2016 Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA). Long Beach, CA.

Bailey, A. N., Moffitt, J. M., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Exposure to interparental conflict and behavior problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA). Long Beach, CA.

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., & Moffitt, J. Parent support buffers psychophysiological risk for externalizing problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. San Diego, CA.

Bailey, A., Moffitt, J., Baker, J., & Fenning, R. Exposure to interparental conflict and behavior problems in children with ASD. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Claremont, CA.

Moffitt, J., Rodriguez, A., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Emotion regulation in children with autism and children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Poster presented at the 2015 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA). Toronto, CAN.

Moffitt, J., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Emotion regulation and child factors in ASD, considering contextual variation. Poster presented at the 2015 CSUF Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Brea, CA.

Fenning, R. M., Baker, J. K., Erath, S. A., Howland, M., & Moffitt, J. Electrodermal activity, autism symptoms, and emotion regulation in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Innovative Frameworks for the Study of Children with ASD. Symposium presented at the 2015 Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. New Orleans, LA.

Moffitt, J., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Electrodermal activity, emotion regulation, and social context in children with ASD. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Fullerton, CA.

Baker, J. K., Fenning, R. M., Howland, M., Murakami, C., Moffitt, J., & Rodriguez, A. Electrodermal activity and behavioral functioning in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2014 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Washington, D.C.

Moffitt, J., Rodriguez, A., Baker, J., & Fenning R. Electrodermal activity and emotion regulation in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2014 CSUF Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Brea, CA.

Murakami, C., Rodriguez, A. A., & Moffitt, J., Baker, J. K., & Fenning, R. M. Predictors of delay of gratification in children with FASD. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Fullerton, CA.