Mindy Waite, PhD, MS

Research Scientist

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Aurora Research Institute
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Dr. Waite’s research is focused on analyzing populations with behavioral health issues and studying novel interventions to improve their outcomes. Her research incorporates her behavioral and biological background, with a special emphasis on her degree in behavior analysis from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Prior to transitioning to a research scientist, Dr. Waite managed the research authorization process and research grant awards for Aurora Research Institute, now part of Advocate Aurora Health. Her previous behavioral research focused on real-world observations to determine the cause of problem behavior, analyzing behavioral frequencies and social impacts, and studying mouse brain development.

Dr. Waite currently serves as a specialty reviewer for Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews and lectures about behavior analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She has published several peer-reviewed papers on brain development and given talks at national conferences on behaviorial research. Her behavioral research has received several awards, including the Schiek Immediate Impact Research Scholarship and the Marian Breland Bailey Award.


Doctorate, Cellular & Molecular Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Master of Science, Behavior Analysis
Marquette University, Milwaukee

Bachelor of Science, Genetics
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Professional highlights

Schiek Immediate Impact Research Scholarship, Marquette University, 2019

Marian Breland Bailey Award, Applied Behavior Analysis International AAB Special Interest Group, 2019

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Award, University of Michigan Graduate School, 2011

Spring/Summer Research Grant Award, University of Michigan, 2010


Waite MR, Skidmore JM, Billi AC, Martin JF, Martin DM. GABAergic and glutamatergic identities of developing midbrain Pitx2 neurons. Dev Dyn. 2011;240:333-46.

Skidmore JM, Waite MR, Alvarez-Bolado G, Puelles L, Martin DM. A novel TaulacZ allele reveals a requirement for Pitx2 in formation of the mammillothalamic tract. Genesis. 2012;50:67-73.

Waite MR, Skaggs K, Kaviany P, Skidmore JM, Causeret F, et al. Distinct populations of GABAergic neurons in mouse rhombomere 1 express but do not require the homeodomain transcription factor PITX2. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2012;49:32-43.

Waite MR, Skidmore JM, Micucci JA, Shiratori H, Hamada H, et al. Pleiotropic and isoform-specific functions for Pitx2 in superior colliculus and hypothalamic neuronal development. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2013;52:128-39.

Waite MR, Martin DM. Axial level-specific regulation of neuronal development: lessons from PITX2. J Neurosci Res. 2015;93:195-8.

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