Jenny Mai Phan, Ph.D.

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I am currently a Research Postdoctoral Fellow (NINDS-funded T32) at Children's National Hospital in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In 2020-2022 and at the near initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I completed the two-year fellowship training program at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Postdoctoral Fellow (NICHD-funded T32).

I serve on the Department of Health and Human Services' Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) as a public member (2021-2024) representing on the committee as an autistic self-advocate, mother, and researcher. My other appointments/volunteer services include a) Executive Secretary on the Psychology Interest Network at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and b) Early Career Committee Member on the American Psychological Association Division 33.

My interdisciplinary research trainings include Psychology, Applied Biopsychology, and Human Development and Family Studies. I study the interplay between stress response systems, pubertal development, and mental health. I also study dyadic behaviors and stress response processes between people (i.e., caregiver/loved one and child/adolescent/young adult). I am interested in studying the adolescence experience of neurodiverse youths as they transition through puberty and how it relates to mental health. I am also interested in early puberty and sexual health education strategies and its impact on neurodiverse and gender diverse youths' mental health and relationship with their caregiver.

I have a B.S. in psychology at the University of New Orleans and a M.S. and Ph.D. in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

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