Who We Are

Lab Director

Photo of Dr. Jessica KramerDr. Jessica Kramer, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College.


See Jessica’s CV (PDF) to learn more about her work.


Photo of Melissa LevinMelissa Levin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker acting as the Interventionist for Project TEAM with Dr. Kramer’s Research Lab at Boston University. Melissa’s interests revolve around advocacy for transition-age youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to Melissa’s research role with Dr. Kramer, she is also involved in the provision of mental health services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2013, Melissa completed a one-year LEND (Leadership and Education in Neuro-Developmental Disabilities) fellowship with Boston Children’s Hospital.

Youth Collaborators

No photo provided - YELL logoAlice attends the Cotting School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, dancing, and learning to speak Chinese. Alice works with the PEDI-PRO study.

No photo provided - YELL logoSierra is a full time student at Massachusetts Hospital School where she enjoys spending time with friends, horseback riding, swimming, cooking, and her independence. Sierra works with the PEDI-PRO study.

No photo provided - YELL logo spacerKathryn Curtis is a recent grad of Gordon College with a degree in Creative Writing. She has been involved with Project TEAM since 2010, and is now a religious education teacher and volunteer for the Youth Commission in Reading MA. She is seeking a career in politics. In her spare time she likes to write and play original music, poetry, and stories.

No photo provided - YELL logoAlycia Downs is a young adult who attends Northshore Community College . Alycia completed the Project TEAM training before joining the Project TEAM research team in 2013. In addition she also worked as a peer mentor for Project TEAM.

No photo provided - YELL logoMarianne is a senior at Newton South High School and a wheelchair user. She likes to listen to music and go to the movies with her friends. Marianne works with the PEDI-PRO study.