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Shannon  L.  O’Connor,  BA  
 

             1107  Bryan  St.  
 
   Columbia,  SC  29201        
                 513-­‐746-­‐1366    
shannonloc@gmail.com  

 

   
                 819  Barnwell  St.  
 
         Columbia,  SC  29201  
 
                     803-­‐777-­‐5676  
                                           slo@email.sc.edu  

 

Education  

 

 

2015-­‐Present  
 
 
 
2011-­‐2013  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010-­‐2011  

 
 

University  of  South  Carolina  —  Columbia,  South  Carolina  
School  Psychology  Doctoral  Student  

 
 
 
 

University  of  Cincinnati—Cincinnati,  Ohio  
Bachelor  of  Arts  in  Psychology  
GPA:  3.81  (Psychology  GPA:  3.94)  
Graduated:  December  2013  

 

 

 

University  of  Cincinnati  Clermont  College—Batavia,  Ohio    
Post  Secondary  Enrollment  Options  Program  
 

 

 

Honors  and  Memberships  

 
2013  

Debeck  Linn  Fellowship  Recipient  

2012-­‐2013  

 

Golden  Key  International  Honor  Society  Member  

2011-­‐2013  

 

Cincinnatus  Scholarship  Recipient  

2010-­‐2013  

 

University  of  Cincinnati,  McMicken  College  of  Arts  and  Sciences  Dean’s  List  

Research  Experience  

 
October  2013-­‐    
Present  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 

Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center,  Division  of    
Psychiatry  
Role:  Clinical  Research  Coordinator  II  
Double-­Blind  Placebo-­Controlled  Study  of  Acamprosate  in    Autism  
Primary  Investigator:  Craig  Erickson,  MD  
Autism  Speaks  Treatment  Grant  
Study  investigating  the  effectiveness  of  the  drug  acamprosate  to  reduce  core  social  skills  
deficits  associated  with  ASD.  
Administered  eye-­‐tracking  paradigms  to  participants.  Coordinated  study  drug,  obtained  
study  drug  from  investigational  pharmacy,  distributed  study  drug  to  participants,  
administered  dosing  instructions,  and  calculated  study  drug  compliance  and  
accountability.  Coordinated  phone,  and  clinic  recruitment,  screened  participants,  and  
scheduled  study  visits.  Reviewed  informed  consent  with  participants  and  guardians,  and  
administered  measures  (e.g.,  Aberrant  Behavior  Checklist,  Vineland  Adaptive  Behavior  

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Scales  (VABS),  and  Children’s  Yale-­‐Brown  Obsessive  Compulsive  Scale  for  Autism  
Spectrum  Disorders).    Coordinated  and  completed  IRB  documentation.  Created  database  
for  data  management,  and  entered  study  data  using  REDCap.  
   
Double-­Blind,  Placebo-­Controlled  Proof  of  Concept  Study  of  Acamprosate  in  Youth  
with  Fragile  X  Syndrome  
Primary  Investigator:  Craig  Erickson,  MD  
John  Merck  Fund  Translation  Research  Program  Award  
Multisite  study  investigating  the  effectiveness  of  the  drug  acamprosate  to  reduce  
inattention/hyperactivity  and  social  impairment  in  youth  with  FXS.  
Administered  eye-­‐tracking  paradigms  to  participants.  Coordinated  study  drug,  obtained  
study  drug  from  investigational  pharmacy,  distributed  study  drug  to  participants,  
administered  dosing  instructions,  and  calculated  study  drug  compliance  and  
accountability.  Communicated  with  other  study  site  to  ensure  accuracy  and  consistency.  
Coordinated  phone,  and  clinic  recruitment,  screened  participants,  and  scheduled  study  
visits.  Reviewed  informed  consent  with  participants  and  guardians,  and  administered  
measures  (e.g.,  Vineland  Adaptive  Behavior  Scales  (VABS),  Children’s  Yale-­‐Brown  
Obsessive  Compulsive  Scale  for  Autism  Spectrum  Disorders,  and  Pediatric  Anxiety  Rating  
Scale).    Coordinated  and  completed  IRB  documentation.  Created  database  for  data  
management,  and  entered  study  data  using  REDCap.  
 
Characterizing  Autism  Spectrum  Disorders  
Primary  Investigator:  Craig  Erickson,  MD  
Simons  Foundation  Autism  Research  Initiative  Pilot  Award  
Study  examining  extracellular  signal-­related  kinase  (ERK)  in  kids  with  and  without  ASD.    
Coordinated  phone  and  clinic  recruitment,  scheduled  study  visits,  and  administered  
measures  (e.g.,  Aberrant  Behavior  Checklist,  Social  Communication  Questionnaire).  
Screened  participants,  reviewed  informed  consent  with  participants  and  guardians,  and  
administered  behavioral  testing  measures  to  participants,  including  the  Vineland  
Adaptive  Behavior  Scales  (VABS).  Administered  eye-­‐tracking  paradigms  to  participants.    
Maintained  subject  logs  and  charts,  extracted  data  from  participant’s  medical  charts,  and  
scored  behavioral  measures.    Observed  diagnostic  and  psychological  testing,  including  
the  Autism  Diagnostic  Observation  Schedule  (ADOS)  and  clinical  diagnostic  interviews.    
The  Divisions  of  Psychiatry  and  Biostatistics  and  Epidemiology  
Developmental  Disabilities  Clinic  Repository  (DDCR):  A  Personalized  Medicine-­
based  Repository  of  Biological  Samples,  Genetic  and  Clinical  Data  from  Individuals  
with  Developmental  Disabilities  and  Non-­Developmentally  Disabled  Controls    
Primary  Investigator:  Craig  Erickson,  MD  
Study  collecting  biological  and  phenotypic  data  from  children  with  developmental  
disorders  and  their  family  members.  
Coordinated  phone  and  clinic  recruitment,  scheduled  study  visits,  and  administered  
measures  (e.g.,  Aberrant  Behavior  Checklist,  Social  Communication  Questionnaire).  
Screened  participants,  reviewed  informed  consent  with  participants  and  guardians,  
administered  testing  measures  to  participants,  including  the  Vineland  Adaptive  Behavior  
Scales  (VABS).  Administered  cognitive  testing  to  participants  (e.g.  DAS-­‐II  Early  Years  and  
School  Aged).  Administered  eye-­‐tracking  paradigms  to  participants.  Obtained  
developmental,  medical  and  family  history  from  participants.  Maintained  subject  logs  
and  charts,  extracted  data  from  participant’s  medical  charts,  and  scored  behavioral  
measures.    Coordinated  and  completed  IRB  documentation.  Observed  diagnostic  and  

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psychological  testing,  including  the  Autism  Diagnostic  Observation  Schedule  (ADOS)  and  
clinical  diagnostic  interviews.    
SynapDx  Autism  Spectrum  Disorder  Gene  Expression  Analysis  (STORY)  Study  
Principal  Investigator:  Logan  Wink,  MD  
SynapDx  Inc.  sponsored  study  to  develop  a  blood  test  to  maximize  agreement  between  the  
classification  and  clinical  assessment  of  autism  spectrum  disorders.  
Coordinated  phone  and  clinic  recruitment,  study  visits,  screened  participants,  and  
reviewed  informed  consent  with  participants  and  guardians.    Obtained  developmental  
and  medical  history  from  participants.  Maintained  participant  logs  and  charts  and  
extracted  data  from  participant’s  medical  charts.  Observed  diagnostic  and  psychological  
testing,  including  the  Autism  Diagnostic  Observation  Schedule  (ADOS),  and  clinical  
diagnostic  interviews.  
 
August  2012-­‐    
May  2013  
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

January  2012-­‐    
December  2013  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center,  Center  for  ADHD  
Role:  Primary  Counselor  
Multisite  Study  of  School-­Based  Treatment  Approaches  for  
ADHD  Adolescents  
Primary  Investigator:  Joshua  Langberg,  Ph.D.  and  Steven  Evans,  Ph.D.  
National  Institute  of  Mental  Health  (NIMH).  R01MH082865  
2/2  Multisite  Study  of  School  Based  Treatment  Approaches  for  ADHD  Adolescents.    
Trained  on  implementing  study  skills,  social  skills,  and  behavioral  management  of  
adolescents  with  ADHD.  Collaborated  directly  with  students,  teachers,  and  parents  to  
develop  academic  and  social  treatment  plans.  Implemented  organizational,  academic,  
and  interpersonal  skills  interventions  6-­‐9  hours  a  week.  Applied  behavior  modification  
techniques  using  behavior  calls  and  positive  and  negative  reinforcement.  Collected  and  
presented  data  on  student’s  progress.  
 
University  of  Cincinnati,  Children’s  Cognitive  Research  Lab  
Role:  Research  Assistant  
The  emergence  of  congruence  in  children’s  beliefs  about    
sinking:  The  role  of  entropy  
Primary  Investigator:  Heidi  Kloos,  Ph.D.  
Study  examining  how  typically  developing  children  understand  and  use  Gestalts  when  
presented  with  false  and  abstract  information.  
Recruited  participants  from  local  schools,  daycares,  and  local  museum  center.  Tested  
participants  using  an  interactive  computer  program.  Maintained  participant  logs.  
Created  a  data  summary  from  over  200  participants  using  Microsoft  Excel  to  be  used  in  
publication.  
 
Developmental  Change  in  the  Dynamics  of  Spontaneous  Entrainment  in  5-­,  7-­,  and  
9-­year-­olds    
Primary  Investigator:  Heidi  Kloos,  Ph.D.  
Study  examining  if  the  way  in  which  characteristics  of  spontaneous  motor  entrainment  
change  in  children  from  5  years  to  9  years  is  consistent  with  dynamic  systems  theory.    
Recruited  participants  from  local  schools,  daycares,  and  local  museum  center.  Tested  
participants  using  Xbox  Kinect  technology  to  track  arm  motion.  Maintained  participant  
logs,  and  managed  participant  data  using  Microsoft  Excel.  

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Clinical  Experience  

 
July  2014  
 

Autism  Diagnostic  Observation  Schedule,  Second  Edition  Training    
Instructor:  Amie  Duncan,  Ph.D.  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital,  Division  of  Psychiatry  
 
Completed  three  day  training  in  administration  and  interpretation  of  ADOS-­‐II.    
 
 
June  2014-­‐  
 
IQ  Administration  Training    
Present  
 
Instructor:  Rebecca  Shaffer,  PsyD  
                                                      Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center  
Trained  on  the  administration  of  the  Differential  Ability  Scales-­‐II  (DAS-­‐II)  Early  Years  
and  School  Age  batteries.  Observed  live  administrations  by  a  psychologist  and  reviewed  
scoring  procedures.  Administered  IQ  assessments  with  a  psychologist  shadowing  and  
received  approval  of  independent  administration  with  research  participants.  
 
September  2012-­‐  
Undergraduate  Clinic  Research  Practicum  
May  2013  
 
Supervisor:  Jannel  Phillips,  Ph.D.  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center  Department  of    
 
 
Developmental  and  Behavioral  Pediatrics  
Co-­‐facilitated  the  administration  of  neuropsychological  evaluations  including  Bailey  
Scales  of  Infant  Development,  Leiter-­‐R  and  DAS-­‐II  Early  Years.  Scored  multiple  
psychological  protocols  such  as,  CBCLs,  SIB-­‐R,  BASQ-­‐2,  Vineland-­‐II,  Brief  (all  versions),  
GARS-­‐II,  GADS,  Vanderbilt,  ASDS.  Observed  administration  of  neuropsychological  
evaluations  of  infants,  toddlers,  and  adolescents  with  a  wide  range  of  developmental  and  
behavioral  disorders.  Observed  implementation  of  PCIT  therapy.  Observed  severe  
behavior  treatment  interventions.  
 
September  2012-­‐  
Executive  Functioning  Group  Therapy  
October  2012  
Facilitator:  Stacey  Morrison,  PsyD    
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center  Department  of  Developmental  and  
Behavioral  Pediatrics  
 
Co-­‐facilitated  a  10-­‐week  group  intervention  for  males  with  executive  functioning  deficits  
ages  8-­‐11  years  old.  Intervention  goals  included  social  skills,  appropriate  conversation,  
appropriate  body  language,  self-­‐monitoring  and,  self-­‐regulation.  
 

 

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Amaral,  J.L.,  Kloos,  H.,  Collins,  H.,  O’Connor,  S.,  McCalister,  S.,  &  Luzzi,  C.  D.  (2013,  July).  Shape  Categorization  in  
Autism:  Does  it  follow  a  pattern  of  typical  development?  Paper  presented  at  Cognitive  Science  Society  
Annual  Conference,  Berlin,  Germany.  
 
McAlister,  S.,  O’Connor,  S.,  Felix,  A.,  Duvall,  O.,  Amaral,  J.  L.,  Kloos,  H.  (2013,  April).  The  gestalt  of  abduction  in  
children’s  naïve  reasoning  about  physics.  Poster  presented  at  the  undergraduate  research  conference  of  
the  University  of  Cincinnati,  Cincinnati,  OH.  
 
 McAlister,  S.,  O’Connor,  S.,  Gallenstein,  A.,  Collins,  S.,  Amaral,  J.  L  M.S.  M.A..,  Kloos,  H.  (2012,  June).  The  gestalt  of  
abduction  in  children’s  naïve  reasoning  about  physics  pilot  data.  Poster  presented  at  the  undergraduate  
research  conference  of  the  University  of  Cincinnati,  Cincinnati,  OH.  

 

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Professional  Development  

 
December  2013-­‐  
Present  
 
 
 
 
 
September  2014  

 
 
September  2014  
 
 
 
May  2014  

 

 
May  2014  

The  Kelly  O’Leary  Center  for  Autism  Spectrum  Disorders  (TKOC)  Autism    
Research  Round  Table  Discussions  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center  
Moderator:  Craig  Erickson,  MD  
Bi-­‐monthly,  interdisciplinary  meetings  featuring  research  conducted  across  
developmental  pediatrics,  speech/language  pathology,  occupational  therapy,  neurology  
and  psychology.    
Fragile  X  Carrier  Conference  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital,  Division  of  Psychiatry  
Presenters:  Deborah  Hall  MD,  Ph.D.  Rush  University  Medical  School  and  Stephanie  
Sherman,  Ph.D.  Emory  University  
Presentations  on  Fragile  X-­‐associate  Premature  Ovarian  Insufficiency  and  Fragile  X-­‐
associate  Tremor/Ataxia  Syndrome.  Biological  and  genetic  mechanisms  surrounding  
each  of  these  disorders.  
Targeting  the  P13K  complex  in  Fragile  X  Syndrome  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Division  of  Psychiatry,  Autism  Research  Seminar  
Presenter:  Nina  Gross,  Ph.D.  
A  6-­week,  Randomized,  Multicenter,  Double-­blind,  Parallel,  Flexed-­  and  Fixed-­dose  
Study  of  MG01CI  (Metadoxine  Extended-­release)  700  mg  and  1400  mg  Compared  
with  Placebo  in  Adults  and  Adolescents  with  Fragile  X  Syndrome  
Philadelphia,  PA    
Attended  a  three-­‐day  investigator/coordinator  meeting  by  Alcobra  Pharmaceuticals.  
Trained  on  execution  of  protocol  procedures.  Trained  on  behavioral  and  outcome  
measures  to  be  obtained  during  study  visits  (e.g.  Attention  Deficit  Hyperactivity  Disorder  
Rating  Scale  IV).  
A  comprehensive  dataset  of  CCHMC  autism  spectrum  disorder  patients:  current  
projects  and  future  potential  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center,  Autism  Research  Seminar  
Presenter:  Katherine  Bowers,  Ph.D.  

 
 
 
March  2013  

Daily  Living  Skills  Deficits  in  Adolescents  with  Autism  Spectrum  Disorder:  
Implications  for  Adult  Outcomes  and  Interventions  
Cincinnati  Children’s  Hospital  Medical  Center,  Autism  Research  Seminar  
Presenter:  Amie  Duncan,  Ph.D.  

 

 
 

Teaching  Experience  

 
May  2013-­‐  
July  2013  

 

 
 

Psychology  of  Gender  
University  of  Cincinnati  
Instructor:  Nancy  Rogers,  Ph.D.  
Teaching  Assistant  responsible  for  responding  to  student’s  questions  and  concerns  and  
grading  assignments.  

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August  2013-­‐    
December  2013  

Leading  Diversity    
University  of  Cincinnati  
Instructor:  Nancy  Rogers,  Ph.D.  
Teaching  Assistant  responsible  for  responding  to  students’  questions  and  concerns,  
grading  assignments,  facilitating  online  discussion  boards  and  group  projects.  

 
 

Volunteer  
 
2011-­‐2012  
2012-­‐2013  
2012-­‐2014  
2014    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Visionaries  and  Voices  
Bearcat  Buddy  Tutoring  Program  
Walk  Now  for  Autism  Speaks  
Autism  and  All  Special  Needs  Expo