Post-Doctoral Researchers

Emmanuel Bonney (July 2019 to present)

Emmanuel Bonney is a pediatric physical therapist specializing in autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is a Fogarty Post-doctoral Fellow at the ELAB. Dr Bonney has clinical expertise in motor behavior and has designed numerous movement programmes for children with movement difficulties in low-income areas of Ghana and South Africa. 

His research is focused on developing behavioural assessments of motor phenotyping to improve characterization of risk profiles for autism and developmental disabilities. Dr Bonney’s work also extends to developing sensorimotor interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr Bonney is currently evaluating the performance of an innovative population-based screening approach for autism spectrum disorder in Uganda. This study could have far reaching implications for early detection of autism in low- and middle-income settings.   

Charise Pickron (July 2018 to present)

Dr. Pickron earned her Ph.D. in Developmental psychology in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst Ma, after having earned her M.S. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Ma, in 2008. Her research program examines the ways in which social experiences shape how infants perceive and represent people in their environment. During her graduate training under the advisement of Dr. Lisa Scott, she used electrophysiological and eye-tracking measures to explore infants’ face perception. During her dissertation research with Dr. Erik Cheries, she trained in several behavioral measures including infant looking, reaching, and crawling to examine socio-moral judgments and conceptual representations that infants have about people in their environment. In particular, her work examines the way early experiences shape the perceptions and representations of people that vary along race and gender. her work as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the ELAB will use multiple methodologies to measure face processing and social cognitive development. Additionally, her goal is to actively work with families of diverse backgrounds to build a collaborative bridge between communities in the Minneapolis area and her work in child development.