Who are we?

Dr. Sturm

Dr. Sturm is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and she is the founder and principal investigator of the M3 Lab. Dr. Sturm is a quantitative methodologist and developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the use of large, and often combined, databases (i.e., big data) to address issues of measurement and the impact of heterogeneity on cognitive and psychosocial outcomes in autism research. Her more recent work involves collaborative efforts with autistic self-advocates to conduct mixed-methods research studies that aim to understand the lived experiences of autistic adults. Dr. Sturm received her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in Human Development and Psychology with a concentration in quantitative methodology and psychometrics. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring students, and conducting research that aims to inform and support the lived experiences of autistic individuals through autistic-partnered research. She is also the perpetually tired, but fulfilled, mom of a two-year old boy who keeps her on her toes! 

Alex J

Alex Jacobs is a senior psychology major at LMU. She is an autism self-advocate and joined the M3 Lab in Fall 2019. After graduating, Alex plans to go to law school. In her free time she likes to cook, drink coffee, and explore grocery stores.


Kate Leahy is a senior at LMU double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She joined the M3 Lab spring of 2020 looking to gain more exposure to, and experience with, different aspects of psychology and has had a blast so far! Kate has a particular interest in social and behavioral psychology and enjoys learning about the application of these fields to real-world settings. Upon her graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in the FBI or explore roles in project management and strategic marketing. In her free time, Kate enjoys hanging out with her dog Cooper, watching and playing sports like gymnastics and baseball, and eating at her favorite restaurants!


McKenzie Reese is a Psychology & Music double major who hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and work as a clinician and researcher. McKenzie joined the Lab to become introduced to how to conduct research and to develop her own research interest. Outside of school McKenzie likes to play piano, spend time with her family, and explore different places around the country. 


Sara Eberle is a junior psychology major and health and society minor at LMU. She joined the M3 lab in her freshman year, looking to learn more about the process of diagnosing and supporting women with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sara spent this last summer participating in a clinical internship at the University of Washington, working closely with children with autism and ADHD. In the future, Sara hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, aspiring to support adult autistic women. In her free time, Sara loves baking, riding horses, and playing the piano.