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Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; B.S. Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois; M.D. (Six-Year Honors Program in Medical Education)

On Job / On Campus Master of Science Program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Assistant and Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Neurology, University of Michigan (1994-2003)

Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2003-2008)

Professor (with tenure), Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2008-present)

Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, Department of Pediatrics (2011-present)
2007-present "Best Doctors"
2007, 2009, 2010 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Five Star Customer Service Award for Excellence in Quality of Physician Care (top 10% of physicians nationally)
2008 Health Care Provider Award, Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
2009 Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Neurology
2010 Robert Haslam Lectureship in Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
2011 Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, Department of Pediatrics
2012 Sleep Science Award, American Academy of Neurology

Dr. Malow is also a member of Metro Nashville Chorus, an award winning ensemble performing women's barbershop music within Sweet Adelines International.

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T A Marie McDonald, Ph.D.

T A McDonald is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Optimizing Health and Well-Being in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders project housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She currently works on the Spectrum Pathways Program Study.  Her interdisciplinary research interests are focused on understanding individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan in order to help optimize their potential. As part of her dissertation work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she designed the Autism Spectrum Identity Scale (ASIS). She has collaborated on several autism research projects and publications with researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, she served as a co-chair for the Wisconsin Community of Practice for Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disorders and volunteered with the Atlanta Autism Consortium. She is also the parent of an adult son on the autism spectrum.

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Whitney Loring, Psy.D.

Whitney Loring is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. As part of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Centers Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), her responsibilities include developing and conducting workshops and consultation for parents, educators, and providers in the community regarding evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her research focus includes developing and evaluating intervention strategies that address behavioral pediatric concerns for children with ASD (e.g., sleep concerns, toileting difficulties) and the effectiveness of various models of parent training and consultation. As part of the Sleep and Autism lab, Dr. Loring is responsible for training community providers in providing sleep education services in their practices. She also provides clinical services through her Behavioral Sleep Medicine clinic for children with ASD or related disorders who have insomnia or who need assistance in wearing CPAP devices.

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Lydia MacDonald, R.N., B.S.N., B.A. 

Research Nurse Specialist

Lydia is a licensed registered nurse and the co-coordinator of the Behavioral Sleep Education study for children with autism and insomnia. Her responsibilities include recruitment of participants, data management and analysis, and submitting regulatory documents to the IRB. She has also been trained as a sleep educator and provides sleep education to the parents of study participants. She is currently obtaining a Masters degree in nursing and will graduate as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner this coming May. Outside of the office she enjoys riding horses, decorating, exercising, reading and not cooking. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband and three children ages nineteen, eleven, and seven.

Debbie Wofford

Deborah Wofford

Clinical Research Coordinator

Deb Wofford attended Nashville State Community College with a focus on Computer Operations. She began her career with Johnson & Higgins Insurance and later joined Nashville based Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, where she worked as a business Methods Analyst. Before joining Dr. Malow's research team in 2008, she discovered her passion for research while working in the Pediatric Clinical Research Office at Vanderbilt. Through the years, Deb has dedicated volunteer time with the Christian Women's Job Corp. A new passion was discovered recently while volunteering with a mission team who served families in the Baton Rogue, LA area after a devastating loss due to recent flooding. Deb and her husband Doug have been married 25 years. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren. 

Janet Shouse

Janet Shouse, B.J.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Janet Shouse works at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, TN, as the program coordinator for the IDD Toolkit,, an online resource for medical providers to better serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The IDD Toolkit Project offers online training and telehealth training to help build capacity of clinicians to serve adults with IDD. Janet also serves with TennesseeWorks, a partnership of state agencies and disability organizations aiming to improve the employment landscape for people with disabilities. As part of that work, she writes and edits a blog called “Rise to Work,” Janet has also been a member of the advisory board of a national research project examining the needs of young adults with IDD and mental health conditions. She is the parent of three young adults, including a son with autism.