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Autism Research Program

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Research Team

Lisa Croen, PhD, joined the Division of Research as a perinatal epidemiologist in 2000. She is a senior research scientist and director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program. Her research interests include the epidemiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, environmental exposures and gene/environment interaction, and adverse perinatal outcomes. Currently, Dr. Croen is the site principal investigator on two large federally funded autism studies: the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) and the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Study (EARLI). She is also co-investigator on the California Autism Twins Study (CATS) and, in collaboration with clinical colleagues, directs the Kaiser Permanente site of the Autism Treatment Network and Autism Intervention Research Program. Dr. Croen received her master's degree in public health and her doctorate in epidemiology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to the DOR, she was an epidemiologist at the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program at the California Department of Health Services.
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Maria Massolo, PhD, is a senior research project manager for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research (DOR). She coordinates the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Study (EARLI) project and is responsible for coordination of many additional ongoing autism studies. She received her master's degree in folklore and a doctorate in anthropology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her undergraduate studies in Spanish and has a Certificate as Spanish/English Interpreter from California State University East Bay. Prior to working with the Autism Research Program, Dr. Massolo worked with the Division of Research Perinatal Research Unit on studies of prematurity, vaccination, and neonatal infection.

Jack Collins, MBA, is the project manager for the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), as well as other ongoing autism research projects. He received his master's degree in business administration, and his bachelor's degree, with honors, in theater management from the University of San Francisco. In addition to his work at DOR, Collins works with Impact Assessment, Inc. and the California Department of Public Health's Environmental Health Investigations Branch on autism research. He began working on autism research in 2001 and has been coordinating public health research projects since 1998.

Yinge Qian, PhD, is a data consultant at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Cathleen Yoshida, MS, is a data consultant at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, is a research postdoctoral fellow.  His background is in epidemiology, with a BS in biological sciences and teaching credentials from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. He earned his PhD in epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. His dissertation work focused on maternal influenza infection during pregnancy as a risk factor for autism. He has had a peer-reviewed publication: Zerbo O, Iosif AM, Delwiche L, Walker C, Hertz-Picciotto I. Month of conception and risk of autism. Epidemiology 2011;22(4):469-75. Ousseny is fluent in French.

Hilda Cerros, MPH, is a project coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program. She joined our team as a research assistant for the EARLI study (Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation) and is currently the project coordinator for the ECHO ASD-ER study (ECHO Autism Spectrum Disorders- Enriched Risk). She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. Prior to working with the Autism Research Program, Ms. Cerros was a community health worker for the Sentinel Network Project, which aimed at detecting community health issues in underrepresented populations in the Sacramento area.

Vannisha Curd, BA is a senior research assistant for Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She graduated from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Il., with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Ms. Curd is committed to helping underserved   populations within her community. She has involved herself with numerous organizations dedicated to serving families affected by domestic violence, poverty and mental health issues.