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.



Lindsay Olson

Postdoctoral Fellow


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. In the Bishop Lab, China helped build and now manages the REDCap database. She also helps with assessment and treatment for children at the clinic. In the future, China plans to apply for a PhD program in Clinical Psychology to advance research on evidence-based interventions.



Cecily Van Remortel

Clinical Research Coordinator

​​​​​​Cecily serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Bishop Lab, having earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her passion for working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders sparked during her role as a cooking instructor for a group of children with chronic illnesses. Within the Bishop Lab, Cecily runs the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) training program, connecting clinicians from all over the world with the proper resources. She is also coordinating a new study examining the early developmental signs of neurodevelopmental disorders in children with Down Syndrome. Intrigued by autism research, she is actively exploring diverse career avenues within the realm of research psychology.


Olga Laporta-Hoyos

Post Doc

​​​​​​ Olga Laporta-Hoyos is a neuropsychologist funded by an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her project ‘EASED-CP’ aims to develop ASD assessment best-practices in peoples presenting with motor conditions. She is particularly interested in understanding the overlap and differentiation of symptoms across developmental disabilities.   

​​​​​​Olga’s Endeavour-fellowship funded PhD was conducted at the Universities of Barcelona (Spain), Queensland, and CSIRO (Australia), where she characterised cognitive functioning and its biological basis in dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Post PhD, Olga worked as a clinician at a non-profit organisation providing comprehensive care to children with various developmental disorders and lectured at several public and private universities. Between 2020-2022 she conducted neuroimaging research as an honorary fellow at the University of Queensland. 


Lab Alumni

Sheila Ghods

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Linnea Lampinen

Clinical Research Coordinator

Amy Shui


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