Jenny Mai Phan, Ph.D.
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I joined the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Postdoctoral Fellow (NICHD-funded T32) in the summer of 2020. I will be joining the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Hospital in fall 2022 as a continued T32 postdoctoral trainee funded by NINDS.
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, b) Early Career Committee Member on the American Psychological Association Division 33, and c) Merit Reviewer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
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.
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