Lab Members

Anila M. D'Mello, PhD

Lab Director

Dr. Anila D'Mello is an assistant professor and Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research in the Department of Psychiatry and O'Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern. She is also faculty within the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. D'Mello received her BA in Psychology from Georgetown University and completed a PhD in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience at American University. She completed postdoctoral training at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. D'Mello is also an external fellow of the Center for Vital Longevity, and an affiliate of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.


Audrey Courreges, B.S.

Lab Manager

Audrey is a clinical research assistant and lab manager for the D'Mello lab at UT Southwestern. She received her BS in Psychology from Southern Methodist University where she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Family Health and Development lab. Following graduation, she worked in a neuropsychology practice as a psychometrist and administered ASD and ADHD assessments to children. However, Audrey's interest in psychology and autism stretches back many years. She briefly worked as an ABA therapist, but ultimately found the most satisfaction working with various families as a caregiver for kids and teens on the spectrum. She loved learning about each family's unique experiences and how they approach problems associated with neurodiversity. In the future, Audrey plans to obtain a Ph.D. in psychology and conduct research on various topics associated with autism and neurodiversity.


Tanny Tahami, B.S.

Research Coordinator

Tanny is the research coordinator for the D’Mello and Tsai labs at UT Southwestern. She recently graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Psychology, and plans to pursue higher education. Throughout her undergraduate program, she worked as a Behavior Technician (RBT) providing individualized ABA therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Tanny is particularly interested in how intersectionality impacts research and disability, and she hopes to help further expand potential therapeutic approaches and provide inclusive support for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Interested in joining our lab? Dr. D'Mello will be hiring at all levels!