Annie Cardinaux consults on matters related to the operations of Project Prakash in the U.S. including administrative systems, communications, fundraising, educational programming, and special events. Annie joins Project Prakash with a background in nonprofit administration and special needs education. She completed her B.S. at Tufts University and her M.E.d. at Antioch University. In her primary role as Project Coordinator in Professor Sinha’s laboratory at MIT, she coordinates autism research projects investigating sensory habituation and motor prediction in autism, conducts outreach to families, administers standardized psychological assessments, and performs data collection and experimental design in collaboration with the research teams.
Darius Sinha is the IT Specialist for Project Prakash, and creates the technology to make the operations more efficient. Darius was a state-merit winner for Massachusetts in the Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientists Challenge. He is currently enrolled in grade 6 of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge.
Dr. Kjelgaard has dedicated her career to understanding cognitive mechanisms involved in the differences observed in developmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She completed her PhD in psychology at Northeastern University and her clinical training in Communication Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Margaret was on the faculty at MGH IHP for almost a decade and recently moved to Utah to help start a new Master’s program at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is currently an editor for the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research and an editorial board member for Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders. In 2014, Margaret ran the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser for Project Prakash.
Yuri Ostrovsky, PhD, received his BA in Computer Science from Harvard and his PhD in Visual Neuroscience from MIT. Yuri was an early (and long-term) member of the Project Prakash research team. He then went on to lead a research program in Wenzhou, China, studying cognitive visual deficits, and has worked on numerous global health initiatives with a focus on technology and access to healthcare. He is currently a healthcare executive and technologist.