Elena Grigorenko, Ph.D.

Dr. Grigorenko received her Ph.D. in General Psychology from Moscow State University, Russia and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Human Genetics from Yale University. Currently, Dr. Grigorenko is the Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Child Studies, Psychology, and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale, USA and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University, Russia. Dr. Grigorenko's research focuses on understanding the cognitive texture and etiology of language and learning disabilities.


Lawrence Vitulano, Ph.D.

Dr. Vitulano is a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, where he trains and supervises pre-doctoral and post-doctoral interns and fellows. He is the former chief child psychologist of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. He is past president of the Connecticut Behavior Therapy Association and serves on the boards of Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut and the Bridgeport Council of Churches.



Lesley Hart, Ph.D.

Dr. Hart received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in neuroscience through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Currently, Dr. Hart is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale University Child Study Center. Her clinical and research interests focus on reading development, skilled reading performance, and impairments in language and reading processes. Dr. Hart is particularly interested in children with complex reading profiles including difficulties with reading decoding, encoding, fluency, vocabulary, and/or comprehension.

Donna Macomber, M.A.

Ms. Macomber has a BA in business administration and psychology--theory and research. She earned her master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2006. Donna is the intake coordinator for the Clinic and has extensive experience communicating with parents, teachers, and schools. She also has experience providing educational support services to children both in public schools and clinical settings.




Megan Lyons, MSW, M.S. CCC-SLP

Megan Lyons, MSW, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic conducting speech, language and communication evaluations for several studies. Her interest is in the developmental trajectories and outcome in ASD. Additionally, Megan conducts speech and language evaluations for the Academic Skills Clinic and is a part time Clinical Instructor in the Harris-Provence Child Development Unit providing developmental assessments and psychotherapy to young children and their families as well as supervises fellows in training.


Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, M.S. CCC-SLP

Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at the Yale Child Study Center. She received her M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and completed her clinical fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Rhea Paul within the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Child Study Center. Elizabeth's clinical interests include assessment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and language disorders in addition to evidenced-based communication interventions for toddlers and children.