Research Interests

Our research addresses a fundamental challenge: how to map complex behavioral constructs, such as social communication processes in autism onto mechanistic processes in the brain. We target low-level (often non-social)
neurocognitive processes, such as working memory or auditory processing, that may not be specific to the autism 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 autism phenotype by linking research at the molecular level (genetics), the neurofunctional level (brain imaging), and the behavioral level (symptomatology). 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 Hannah Thomas and Aditi Sirsikar on their new pub!
    Congrats to Hannah Thomas and undergraduate lab alum Aditi Sirsikar on their new publication, Convergence and discrepancy between self- and informant-reported depressive symptoms in young autistic adults in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
    Posted on December 20, 2023
  • Congrats to Jason Crutcher on new pub on pragmatic language!
    Crutcher, J., Butler, E., Burke, J. D., Naigles, L., Fein, D. A., & Eigsti, I. M. (in press). Pragmatic language and associations with externalizing behaviors in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those who have lost the ASD diagnosis. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    Posted on September 15, 2023
  • Well done, Dr. Girolamo!!
    Congrats to post-doctoral fellow Teresa Girolamo on her new position at San Diego State University, and her multiple recent publications: Girolamo, T., Castro, N., Hendricks, A. E., Ghali, S., & Eigsti, I. M. (2022). Implementation of Open Science Practices in Communication Sciences and Disorders Research With Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Journal of Speech, […]
    Posted on May 11, 2023
  • Congratulations to lab alum Amanda Yagan!
    Congratulations to lab alum Amanda Yagan on having her work as a clinical research assistant in the Advanced Baby Imaging Lab at Rhode Island Hospital featured in the most recent issue of UConn Magazine! Here is the link to her story which gives credit to postdoctoral fellow Caroline Larson and Dr. Inge-Marie Eigsti for their mentorship: https://magazine.uconn.edu/2022/10/18/out-of-the-minds-of-babes/  
    Posted on October 18, 2022
  • LVIS (the Low Verbal Investigatory Screener) is in the building!
    We are delighted to share a new publication, describing the Low Verbal Investigatory Screener (LVIS).  We hope that this measure will prove useful to the broader community! Naples*, Tenenbaum*,  Jones, Righi, Sheinkopf  & Eigsti (in press). Exploring communicative competence in autistic children who are minimally verbal: The Low Verbal Investigatory Survey for Autism (LVIS). Autism. […]
    Posted on October 17, 2022