Alana McVey

Marquette Autism Project

Alana McVey is currently a fourth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student under the direction of Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, Ph.D. Alana grew up in Colorado, near Colorado Springs.  She graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Spanish and International Studies. Alana’s interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) began during her undergraduate years and has grown exponentially as she has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum. Before beginning graduate school, Alana spent several years working as a research coordinator implementing large-scale research protocols examining biological, neurological, and behavioral expressions of ASD with children and adolescents at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Alana’s research interests center on the presentation of anxiety in autism spectrum disorder and intervention. She is especially curious about intervention response in autism across the lifespan as well as how co-occurring difficulties may influence this response. She is also interested in neurobiological factors associated with autism, including physiological and neurological patterns of activity. Alana defended her Master’s Thesis in the fall of 2015, which examined the efficacy of the PEERS® for Young Adults social skills intervention on autism-related behaviors and social anxiety among young adults with ASD.

Alana is involved with the running of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) social skills intervention for both adolescents and young adults. As a clinician-in-training, Alana also conducts comprehensive diagnostic assessments and provides therapy service for general psychological presentations at the Marquette Center for Psychological Services.

In her spare time, Alana greatly enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, meditation, and acrobatics, and being outdoors.


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If you are interested in receiving an evaluation or have further questions about our services, please contact the Marquette Autism Clinic at (414) 288-4438, or contact us on our online form. We will reply to your request for information within two weeks.