Our research addresses a fundamental challenge in ASD: how to map complex behavioral constructs, such as social communication deficits, onto mechanistic processes in the brain. We primarily target low-level (and particularly non-social) cognitive processes, such as working memory and auditory processing, that may not be specific to the ASD diagnosis, but that can be linked to genetic, neurophysiological or neuroanatomical domains, and that impact socio-communicative behavior. The aim is to better understand the pathology of ASD by linking research at the molecular level (genetics), at the neurofunctional level (brain imaging), and at the behavioral level (symptomatology): We aim to connect complex behaviors to underlying genetic mechanisms. Click on the "projects" link for more detail on current research projects.
The DCN Lab in our new space in Bousfield
from left to right: Joshua Green, Brian Castelluccio, Allison Canfield, Inge-Marie Eigsti, Christina Irvine, Emily Thompson, Katy Piotrowski
Canfield, A. R., Eigsti, I. M., de Marchena, A., & Fein, D. (in press). Story goodness in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and in optimal outcomes from asd. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.