Meet the Team

Somer Bishop, PhD

Professor in Residence

Dr. Bishop is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Weill Institute for Neurosciences 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.




Shuting Zheng, PhD, BCBA

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Zheng is a postdoctoral scholar at UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Her research interest has developed around the overarching theme of understanding developmental heterogeneity in autism and treatment individualization for individuals with autism. Currently, she works on projects to develop novel measurement tools to capture social communication abilities, everyday life experiences, and treatment responses in individuals with autism. Besides her researcher effort, she is also a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and an active member of the UCSF Center for ASD and NDDs clinic team.



Sheila Ghods, MPH, CCRP

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Sheila the the lab manager of the Bishop Lab.  She 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 experience running research studies investigating social-communication and physiological characteristics in children with ASD as well as conducting clinical assessments.  Sheila is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) as of 2017.  Additionally, she received her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley (expected graduation Spring 2024).



China Parenteau

Clinical Research Coordinator

China is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Bishop Lab. Her interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) began during her studies at Pitzer College where she helped lead a social skills group at the Claremont Autism Center. After graduating with a degree in Psychology and Economics, she moved back to the Bay Area to work at the UC Davis MIND Institute assisting with studies that examined language development in children with ASD, Fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome. After being immersed in language development research for two years, China looks forward to exploring other facets of autism to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the disorder with the Bishop Lab. In the future, China plans to apply for a PhD program in Clinical Psychology.



Linnea Lampinen

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Linnea is a Research Assistant with the Bishop lab. Linnea is graduating from UC Berkeley with a joint bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Integrative Biology. After spending several years working on research studies investigating the link between mood disorders and sleep, Linnea became interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while working with adults with developmental disorders in Dublin, Ireland. Linnea has spent the past year assisting with research on ASD and Fragile X at UCSF and at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She is looking forward to developing a deeper understanding of ASD with the Bishop Lab, and plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.