Meet the Team!

Somer Bishop, PhD

PhD, University of Michigan

Dr. Bishop is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at UCSF. She is a clinical psychologist with expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Her research and clinical interests are focused on ASD symptom manifestations in individuals of different ages and levels of ability, as well as on differentiating between ASD and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan.






Sheila Ghods, CCRP

Clinical Research Coordinator

Sheila is a research coordinator with the Bishop Lab.  She is originally from Seattle, WA and had attended the University of Washington where she completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication.  Prior to joining UCSF, she had worked, as a clinical research associate with the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.  She has several years of experience running research studies investigating social-communication and physiological characteristics in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as conducting clinical assessments.  She has presented previous work at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).  Additionally, Sheila is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) as of 2017.  She will be completing her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco in summer 2018.  Looking forward, Sheila plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

If you have interest or questions about the Bishop lab, please contact Sheila at or 415-502-4140.




Alexis Sullivan, MA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Alexis is a research assistant with the Bishop Lab. She is a Bay Area native and received her BA in psychology at Pepperdine University and her MA in Counseling at Santa Clara University. Her research and clinical interests include assessment of autism spectrum disorders, cognitive profiles in ASDs and NDDs, as well as psychiatric comorbidity in children and adolescents. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, swimming, painting, and eating out with friends. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.





Amy Shui, MA, MA

Senior Statistician

Amy is a biostatistician with clinical research experience starting from 2004. She has worked as a biostatistician since 2006 and taught as an adjunct statistics and math instructor at New York University and at The New School.

Prior to joining the UCSF STAR center in 2017, Amy began working in clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before joining the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Biostatistics Center, where she worked with the Autism Speaks-Autism Treatment Network and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health for over 5 years. She has presented her work in autism research at the International Meeting for Autism Research, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting, and at the joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

While at MGH Amy also helped develop material for an online course through Harvard University to teach biostatistics to working medical researchers. In addition to autism, other areas of research Amy has worked in include neurology (ALS), cardiology, cancer, health policy, infectious diseases (HSV), and respiratory diseases (ARDS). She has been a statistical consultant on over 30 clinical trials from five hospitals for reporting, and she has also analyzed and served as a statistical consultant on several type II diabetes health economics & outcomes research real world evidence studies using electronic health records data.


Alumni Members

Michael Sweeney