• Meet the Lab

    Meet the members of the Erickson/Wink Lab.

    Logan Wink, MD
    Dr. Logan Wink is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in clinical care and research of Angelman syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. She is director of the Angelman Syndrome Research and Treatment Center at Cincinnati Children's. She is currently a member of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Expert Panel on Challenging and Difficult to Treat Behaviors. Dr. Wink completed medical school, psychiatry residency, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She additionally completed a fellowship in autism and developmental disabilities at Indiana University.

    Craig A. Erickson, MD
    Dr. Erickson specializes in research and clinical treatment involving persons with developmental disorders. His primary research focus is on new treatment development for fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other related disorders. He is the director of the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Erickson all serves as the director of research at the Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children's

    Tori Schaefer, PhDGroup photo of the Erickson/Wink Lab.
    Dr. Tori Schaefer is the director of the Developmental Disabilities Translational Research lab. She works with Angelman syndrome, fragile X, and autism in the mouse model. Her post-doctoral research area was developmental behavioral neuroscience and she has received multiple awards for her work in neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience.

    Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD, HSPP
    Dr. Rebecca Shaffer is a clinical psychologist working with the team. She performs evaluations necessary for clinical research and also sees patients with autism spectrum disorders, Angelman syndrome, and fragile X for therapy. She has specialty training in the autism diagnostic interview- revised (ADI-R) and the autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS), which are both methods of diagnosing autism.

    Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS
    Dr. Ernie Pedapati is a fifth year resident in a combination residency for pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child psychiatry. In addition to clinical work as a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist, he has a strong interest in neuroplasticity and human electrophysiology. He is a recipient of the 2013 American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pilot Research Award with a goal of quantifying cortical plasticity using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in different patient populations including neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders.

    Katie Friedmann, RN, BSN, CCRC
    Katie Friedmann is the research nurse and team manager for Dr. Erickson and Dr. Wink’s Autism, fragile X and Angelman Syndrome Research Program. Katie was formerly a critical care nurse and has experience working with medically fragile populations. She has been a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator since 2005, and has extensive clinical research experience in industry and investigator initiated projects in both adult and pediatric populations.

    Bridget Crippen, BS
    Bridget Crippen is a clinical research coordinator for Dr. Erickson’s research team. She assists in planning and conducting clinical research studies. Bridget is excited to be working with such an innovative autism research team and hopes to build her career incorporating her education and developing research experience.

    Shannon O’Connor, BA
    Shannon is a clinical research coordinator for Dr. Erickson’s research team. She assists in planning and conducting clinical research studies. Shannon recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Shannon came to Dr. Erickson’s research team with experience in the autism research field, and hopes to continue to expand her education and knowledge within this field.

    Molly Carter, MA
    Molly Carter is a research assistant for the Fragile X FORWARD Study. She contacts subjects who have been enrolled to collect missing data. She also works with Dr. Erickson to consent new patients and then follow-up with data collection on those newly enrolled patients. Molly is currently a third year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Xavier University. While this program has a strong clinical focus, Molly has always loved research and wanted to incorporate research experiences into her program.

    Several undergraduate and medical students who have an interest in Angelman syndrome, fragile X, or autism work as a part of the team.