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Assistant Professor, School-Clinical Child PsyD Program, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Nicole Zhong, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Zhong earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology, with a doctoral minor in Educational Psychology, from Pennsylvania State University. She furthered her expertise with specialized training in the assessment, treatment, and consultation for autism at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral training was conducted at the University of Virginia and its affiliated hospitals, emphasizing autism assessment and treatment. 

Dr. Zhong's research centers on the validation of outcome measures for autism symptoms and the creation of accessible, evidence-based interventions for autism in community settings. Within Ferkauf, she contributes through teaching psychological assessment and statistics courses, supervising doctoral students, and directing the Autism Research Lab. Her ongoing research projects address the impact of COVID-19 on ASD services, identify predictors of treatment outcomes in ASD, examine the significance of joint attention in treatment outcomes, analyze the psychometric properties of the Autism Impact Measure, and investigate social-emotional comprehension in children with ASD. Additionally, Dr. Zhong oversees the Parnes Test Library, crucial for providing psychological instruments essential for Ferkauf programs and the Parnes Clinic's student training.


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