Meet the CADB Medicine Research Program
Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD
Ruane Professor of Psychiatry
Area Leader / Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and translational neuroscientist who uses molecular and clinical neuroscience research tools in the pursuit of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder and pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Veenstra-VanderWeele laboratory at Columbia University and NYSPI focuses on key developmental processes underlying social function or repetitive behavior using genetic mouse models as an experimental system. The CADB Medicine Research Program at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) studies potential treatments for autism spectrum disorder and related genetic disorders. His long-term goal is to be able to develop novel approaches in the molecular laboratory that can then be tested in the clinic. Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele’s work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2017 Blanche Ittelson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. He is dedicated to helping train and develop the next generation of clinicians and scientists who can improve ourunderstanding of childhood developmental and neuropsychiatric conditions and deliver new treatments.
Kelly McGuire, MD, MPA
Medical Director of the CADB Medicine Research Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Dr. McGuire serves as Medical Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) Medicine Research Program, Assistant Medical Director of clinical psychiatry at CADB, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Dr. McGuire is dedicated to advancing clinical services and translational research for individuals with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability. After completing the New York Presbyterian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Columbia and Cornell University, Dr. McGuire served as a Whitaker Scholar in Developmental Neuropsychiatry and T32 Postdoctoral Fellow for Translational Research in Child Psychiatry at CUIMC and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She was awarded a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar Award to help create New York’s first inpatient psychiatric unit for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, she has worked clinically in inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment psychiatric settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. McGuire has helped develop a measure to detect changes in core symptoms of ASD over time, the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change; and has published on numerous topics including a practice pathway for the assessment and treatment of irritability and agitation in individuals with ASD as well as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Practice Parameter on the assessment and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders in individuals with intellectual disability.
Miranda Zuniga-Kennedy, BA
Miranda Zuniga-Kennedy graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a BA in psychology and English literature. She spent most of her undergraduate years as a research assistant for the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic, participating in a number of studies focusing on social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and circadian rhythm. In the future, she hopes to pursue her PhD in pediatric health psychology. As a research assistant for the CADB Medicine Research Program, she is currently working on phase ll clinical trials for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
CADB Medicine Research Program Alumni
See what former members of our team have been up to!
Lauren Shuffrey, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lauren C. Shuffrey, PhD, is an alumni of the CADB Medicine Research Program where she worked on randomized controlled trials for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder as a graduate student. Dr. Shuffrey received her PhD at Columbia University and went on to complete the NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Translational Research in Child Psychiatric Disorders at CUMC and NYSPI. Dr. Shuffrey is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Developmental Neuroscience in the Parent-Infant Fellowship Program at CUMC under the mentorship of Dr. William Fifer. As a developmental psychologist and neuroscientist by training, Dr. Shuffrey’s research is focused on identifying perinatal maternal and environmental risk factors and potential non-invasive markers associated with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Elizabeth Aaron, BA
Former Research Assistant
Elizabeth Aaron is an alumni of the CADB Medicine Research Program, where she worked as a research assistant for 2.5 years. She served as project coordinator for the FX-Learn clinical trial and the Autism Biorepository and assisted with the SOARS-B and aV1ation clinical trials. Prior to working at the CADB Medicine Research Program, Elizabeth received her BA in psychology from Skidmore College. Elizabeth is now pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology from Miami University of Ohio.
Micah Davoren, BA
Former Research Assistant
Micah Davoren received her from BA in psychology from Haverford College with a minor in education. She completed an undergraduate research thesis examining attachment style and the therapeutic alliance as predictors of treatment outcome for social anxiety disorder. As a research assistant for the CADB Medicine Research Program, she worked on clinical trials for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X syndrome. Micah is currently enrolled in a PsyD program at Roosevelt University,