Lex Budavari

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2022
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018
  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 2015

Lex earned her PhD in public mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training grant. Her doctoral research focused on employing both variable- and person-centered quantitative methods to examine the role of neurodevelopmental perinatal risk factors in the etiology and early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related impairments (e.g., social, cognitive, and adaptive functioning). During her time at Johns Hopkins, Lex was also involved in numerous other research projects including examining multi-informant reports of students’ internalizing and externalizing symptoms utilizing data from Coping Power, identifying discrepancies in social, recreational, and community involvement among adolescents with ASD, and exploring training, burnout, efficacy, and use of evidence-based practices (EBP) among paraprofessionals working with students with ASD. Her research interests include pediatric mental health and wellbeing, school-based interventions, and quantitative methods. She currently works with Dr. Catherine Bradshaw and Dr. Heather McDaniel on projects focused on integrative data analysis, academic outcomes, suicide prevention, classroom and behavior management, and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).