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Dr. Ashley de Marchena Named Assistant Professor of Psychology

By Jenna Pizzi

Ashley de MarchenaWith a background in clinical and scientific work on autism spectrum disorder, Ashley de Marchena, PhD, has been named assistant professor of psychology at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In addition to teaching at USciences, she will continue collaborations at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. de Marchena studies the development of communications skills in children with and without autism spectrum disorder, the underlying factors of the disorder, as well as the link between social communication skills and motor skills development. At USciences, Dr. de Marchena will teach courses in research methods, psychological assessment, developmental and cognitive psychology, and developmental psychopathology. She is also starting a research lab aimed at understanding communication and cognition in autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. de Marchena earned her doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology and master of arts degrees from University of Connecticut. She recieved a bachelor of arts in philosophy and psychology from Tufts University. A native of Miami, Fla., she currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Matt, their son Oliver, and daughter Sadie.

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