Our People


Miriam Lense, PhD

Dr. Lense is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She co-directs the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab where she leads the Music, Social Engagement, and Development workgroup. Lense is a clinical psychologist and researcher with expertise working with infants, children, and adults with or at risk for developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder and Williams syndrome. She created the SeRenade program, which incorporates parent training, peer inclusion, and musical play in a community music engagement program to support social engagement and behavior in families of children with and without ASD.


Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA

Juarez is the Director of the Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and a Behavior Analyst in Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He collaborates with colleagues and stakeholders to develop, implement and sustain programs for behavior analytic services, early intervention, educational assessment, intervention, and support, as well as community engagement and research program focused on supporting the needs of individuals with ASD, their families, educators, and community providers.


Mark Wallace, PhD

Dr. Wallace is the Dean of the Vanderbilt Graduate School and a Professor Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pharmacology. Wallace directs the Multisensory Research Lab at Vanderbilt with research into the neural underpinnings and behavioral correlates of multisensory processing in typical and atypical development.


Elisabeth Dykens, PhD

Dr. Dykens is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Dr. Dykens has extensive research and administrative expertise to foster collaborations and strengthen translational research across diverse partners. Her work identifies how new disciplines can be integrated with disability research, including research focuses on psychopathology and areas of strength in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and treatment of stress, health, and mental health problems in parents of children with developmental disabilities.


Lauren Weaver, MS, BCBA

Weaver is the Coordinator of Organizational Outreach at the Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). She is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst with experience across settings and populations. Through Organizational Outreach and the Inclusion Network of Nashville, Weaver works to increase the capacity of community organizations to service those with ASD and related disorders.