Research Interests

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.

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that this is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett,  Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.  We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.

Lab News

  • Congrats to lab alum Amanda Yagan
    After graduating from UConn, Amanda is now working in the Advanced Baby Imaging Lab in Rhode Island (Deoni, PI), traveling to Kenya, Ghana and Zambia with a portable MRI system.  Way to go, Amanda! 
    Posted on February 11, 2022
  • Congrats to Hannah Thomas!
    Congrats to our graduate student Hannah Thomas on her new publication! 🎊 Thomas, H. R., Rooney, T., Cohen, M., Bishop, S. L., Lord, C., & Kim, S. H. (2020). Spontaneous Expressive Language Profiles in a Clinically Ascertained Sample of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research.
    Posted on October 23, 2020
  • Congrats to Melina West!
    Congrats to Melina West on winning a travel award to attend INSAR (International Society for Autism Research) in Seattle, WA in May! 🎉
    Posted on February 25, 2020
  • ALTOS in the news!
    Click here to read more about some of our project’s goals!
    Posted on February 14, 2020
  • Congrats to Aditi Sirsikar
    She was awarded a CHARGE grant and an IBACS award for her project on depression screeners in ASD.  Congratulations, Aditi!!
    Posted on November 14, 2019
  • Aditi Sirsikar gives Holster Scholar presentation
    Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aditi Sirsikar, gave a presentation on her independent research project on September 23, 2019 as part of the Holster Scholars Program. Way to go, Aditi!!
    Posted on September 26, 2019