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Francesca Fernandez
Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network
Child Mind Institute

Francesca Fernandez is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her role includes enrolling participants, and administering and scoring assessments. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychological science at Colgate University. At Colgate, she was a research fellow and research assistant in a behavioral neuroscience lab. Her honors thesis investigated juvenile song birds and the potential for researchers to use them as an animal model for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders by studying the neurochemical processes behind social learning and memory. As an undergraduate, Francesca also gained clinical experience working with children in mental health facilities and familiarity with diagnostic criteria for autism through administering ADOS-2 evaluations.

Francesca is passionate about working to improve diagnostic tools and therapeutic options for children suffering from neurological and mental health disorders. Her research interests include the intersection between psychopathology and behavioral neuroscience. She plans to earn a doctoral degree within the field of clinical neuropsychology in order to improve the outcomes for as many children and families as possible.


  • BA, Psychological Science, Colgate University.