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Clinical Translational Core


Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD

Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD
Core Director

Leann Smith DaWalt joined the Waisman Center in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Marsha Mailick, PhD, and Jan Greenberg, PhD. After completing her fellowship in 2008 she became a Waisman Center investigator and co-PI of the Lifespan Family Research Program. DaWalt‘s research focuses on the impact of intellectual and developmental disability on the family system and the role of the family and community in supporting development for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.

She is the PI of several intervention studies focused on teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Her work centers on translating the results of longitudinal research into timely and effective treatments and services for individual and families.  She also serves as director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Waisman Center.

DaWalt earned a doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.

Murray Brilliant, PhD
Core Co-Director

Murray Brilliant, PhD
Murray Brilliant, PhD

Brilliant holds the James Weber Endowed Chair at the Marshfield Clinic, where he is the Director of the Center for Human Genetics and the Personalized Medicine Research Project (PMRP). Brilliant has over 30 years of experience in genetic analyses, including Mendelian and complex traits. He is also the Associate Director of the Translational Technologies Research Core and the Associate Executive Director of the CTSA-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at UW-Madison. His role is to administer and foster collaborative use of the PMRP.