ASD and DD Research Faculty

The Graduate Training Initiative has compiled this comprehensive database of faculty who provide doctoral-level training in ASD assessment and intervention. It is our hope that this database will be a unique and useful resource for prospective graduate students who are interested in pursuing doctoral training with a clinical and/or research focus in ASD.

If you have any edits or suggestions for the database below, please contact Tammy Rosen at Tamara.Rosen@stonybrook.edu.

If you would like to find out if a faculty member is taking students, or have any questions for a specific faculty member, please contact that faculty member directly.

**NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom of the table and use the horizontal scroll bar to see additional columns associated with each faculty entry**
ResearcherUniversity/InstitutionCore or Affiliated FacultyResearch Interests Degree Offered
Natacha AkshoomoffSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Normal variations in neural, neuropsychological, and academic development and their genetic associations in children

- Behavioral phenotypes associated with rare genetic syndromes and methods to improve identification of young children at risk for developmental disorders
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Michael AllesandriUniversity of MiamiCore- How sibling relationships develop when one sibling has ASD

- Efficacy of social communication and play interventions in classrooms
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Marianne BartonUniversity of ConnecticutCore- Early parent-child relationships
- Early detection and developmental trajectories of ASD
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Loisa BennettoUniversity of Rochester Core - Neurocognitive bases of autism and other developmental disorders.

- The role of multisensory processing in social-communication difficulties and in everyday behaviors, including restricted food preferences.
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Raphael BernierUniversity of WashingtonAffiliated- Genetics, neurobiology, and behavioral characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorder Child Clinical Psychology - PhD; Educational Psychology, PhD
David BeversdorfUniversity of MissouriCore- Autism
- Drug abuse
- Dementia
- Cognitive effects of stress
- The cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability
- The applications of pharmacological modulation of cognition and neuroimaging
Neuroscience - PhD
Jan BlacherUniversity of California,
Riverside
Core/Affiliated- Cultural context of autism

- Autism and mental health disorders

- Family impact of children and youth with intellectual disabilities, autism

- Autism screening
Special Education - PhD/School Psychology - PhD
Lauren Brookman-FrazeeSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Community effectiveness and implementation researchClinical Psychology - PhD
Alice CarterUniversity of Massachusetts-BostonCore- Identification of infants and toddlers at risk for problems in social, behavioral, and emotional functioning

- The role of family functioning in child development
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Leslie CarverSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Development of brain systems that underlie social and cognitive development

- How social relationships affect the development of brain systems involved in memory, face processing, and social cognition in children with ASD, typical development, and children at risk for developing ASD
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Kristin ChristoduluUniversity at Albany, State University of New YorkCore- Social support for siblings of children with autism

- Non-aversive behavioral interventions/positive family interventions for reducing sleep disturbances, feeding and eating disorders, and disruptive behavior

Clinical Psychology - PhD
Thompson DavisLouisiana State University Core- Massed exposure therapy for specific phobias (One-Session Treatment)

- Anxiety and phobia in toddlers, children, and adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Gabriel DichterUNC-Chapel HillAffiliated- Brain imaging and psychophysiological techniques to examine core deficits and response to treatment in ASD and affective disordersClinical Psychology - PhD
Karen DobkinsSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Tracking sensory, cognitive, social and language development in infants at risk for developing ASDClinical Psychology - PhD
Amy M. DrahotaMichigan State University Core - Developing and pilot testing the Autism Community Toolkit: Systems to Measure and Adopt Research-Based Treatment). The ACT SMART Toolkit is an evidence-informed, comprehensive implementation strategy designed to assist ASD community-based agencies successfully implement evidence-based practices.Clinical Psychology - PhD; Ecological-Community Psychology - PhD
Inge-Marie EigstiUniversity of ConnecticutCore- Neurodevelopment in autism spectrum disorders
- Language acquisition and neural constraints on language development
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Abbey EisenhowerUniversity of Massachusetts-BostonCore- Early preschool and school experiences, family factors, and relationships of children with developmental disabilities, disruptive behavior problems, and other developmental or behavioral risk factors.

- Early detection of ASD and reduction of health disparities.
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Debroah FeinUniversity of ConnecticutCore- Autistic disorder
- Neuropsychological assessment of adults and children
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Kate FiskeRutgers UniversityAffiliated-Evaluating behavioral teaching strategies for children, adolescents, and adults with ASD

-Parent-teacher relationships and collaboration

-Parent and sibling experiences, providing effective support for families
Clinical Psychology - PsyD
Kimberly A. GilbertHofstraCore- Exploration of the phenotypic expression of children along the autism spectrum to further delineate early onset predictive behaviors of ASD

- Efficacy of behavior and language interventions for children with special needs
School-Community Psychology - PsyD
Frank HaistSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Developmental cognitive neuroscience studies of perception with emphasis on face and object processing in typically and atypically developing childrenClinical Psychology - PhD
Heather HendersonUniversity of WaterlooCore Developmental- The role of early temperament on children's social development, affective and cognitive influences on self-regulation in typically and atypically developing children, and developmental psychophysiologyClinical Psychology - PhD
Brooke IngersollMichigan State UniversityCore- Development, evaluation, and dissemination of social communication interventions for individuals with autism, including parent-mediated interventions for young children

- Impact of ASD on the family and the broader autism phenotype
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Jana IversonUniversity of PittsburghCore- Nature and development of the relationship between gesture and speech; infant vocal-motor activity as a potential precursor of the gesture-speech link

- Motor and communicative development in infants at increased biological risk for autism spectrum disorders
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Ashley Johnson HarrisonUniversity of GeorgiaCore- Use of a range of methods, including eye-tracking and behavioral coding, to quantify social attentional constructs commonly impaired among children with ASD (e.g., joint attention and social orienting).
- Disseminating best practice ASD assessment and treatment approaches to countries and minority groups with insufficient access to ASD services
School Psychology - PhD
Connie KasariUCLACore- Social-emotional and cognitive development in atypical children
- Randomized control treatment studies of social and communication behavior in children with autism
Human Develpment & Psychology - PhD
Bonnie Klein-TasmanUW-MilwaukeeCore- Behavioral phenotypes of children with Williams syndrome, duplication 7 syndrome, neurofibromatosis-1, including overlaps in symptomatology with the autism spectrumClinical Psychology - PhD
Ami KlinEmory University Affiliated- Emergence of the social mind and brain and disruptions thereof in autism, from infancy through adulthood

- Use of eye-tracking technology to: visualize and measure social engagement; monitor infants at increased risk for developmental disabilities, in order to detect the earliest quantitative markers of autism in infancy; lower the age of detection and improve access to early treatment
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Laura KlingerUNC-Chapel HillAffiliated- Learning differences that underlie the social and language symptoms of ASD including research on attention and implicit learning.

- Applied research examining the effectiveness of community-based intervention programs for individuals with ASD
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Robert KoegelUC Santa BarbaraCore- Development of treatment techniques focused on “pivotal behaviors” such as improved communication, self-management, and motivationEducation- PhD; Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology - PhD
Robert LaRueRutgers UniversityAffiliated-Assessment and treatment of challenging behavior

-Behavioral economics and choice

-Behavioral pharmacology in special needs populations
Clinical Psychology - PsyD
Matthew LernerStony Brook UniversityCore- Nature of peer relations and social competency deficits that emerge in childhood and adolescence

--Novel and evidence-based social skills interventions for youth with ASD

- Perceptual, neural, cognitive, affective, and behavioral underpinnings of social dysfunction


Clinical Psychology - PhD
Kristin A. LongBoston UniversityCore- Reciprocal influences between a child’s medical illness or disability and his/her family and cultural context

- Health disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Molly LoshNorthwestern University Core- Autism and related neurogenetic disorders

- Clinical-behavioral and family-genetic methods and designs to characterize patterns of language strengths and weaknesses that define particular developmental disabilities, and examine ties to neuropsychological and genetic underpinnings
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Johnny MatsonLouisiana State University Core- Development of assessment and treatment methods in the fields of intellectual disabilities and ASDClinical Psychology - PhD
Jennifer Gillis MattsonBinghamton University - State University of New York Core- Developing behavioral assessment measures and interventions to assist in clinical practice applied to individuals with ASD across the lifespanClinical Psychology - PhD
Daniel MessingerUniversity of MiamiDevelopmental Core- Emotional interaction in typical development and autism
- Utilizing technology for automated measurement of expression and for modeling communication.

- Dynamic systems investigations of the impact of real-time processes (sharing a smile) on developmental processes (secure attachment)
Developmental Psychology - PhD
Lauren MoskowitzSt. John's UniversityCore/Affiliated - Behavioral assessment and intervention for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities in naturalistic contexts

- CBT for children and adolescents and parent intervention for parents of children with ASD and DD
School Psychology - PsyD/Clinical Psychology - PhD
Ralph-Axel MuellerSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Functional and anatomical brain development in neurotypical children and those with developmental disorders, particularly with ASD
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Matthew W. MosconiThe University of Kansas Core- Sensorimotor, cognitive and brain development in autism spectrum and related intellectual/developmental disordersClinical Child Psychology - PhD
Rebecca Neal-BeeversUniversity of Texas - AustinAffiliated- Identification of early markers of developmental delay in at-risk populations

- Indices of physiological regulation (e.g., vagal tone) to understand social and communication deficits in children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Nancy Raitano LeeDrexel University Core - Neuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities

- Verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome and other genetic disorders

- Comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders

- Neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in typical and atypical cognition

Note: Entering students will be primary in Dr. Lee’s lab, with secondary mentorship by Diana Robins.
Clinical Psychology - PhD
John RicheyVirginia TechCore- How the brain processes social information and clinical manifestations of faulty social information processing, including autism and social anxiety disorder Clinical Psychology - PhD
Robert RieskeIdaho State University Core- Treatment and assessment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with a focus on Autism Spectrum DisordersClinical Psychology - PhD
Raymond RomanczykBinghamton University - State University of New YorkCore- Early intervention and school programs for ASD

- Parent/family stress

- Comprehensive service delivery models

- Influencing public policy

- Computer assisted clinical decision-making

- Basic and applied research: enhancing behavioral measurement with eye-tracking and physiological measurement
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Angela ScarpaVirginia TechCore- Emotional and social development in ASD, including the intersection of both biological and socializing influences.

- Evidence-based treatment approaches and early screening for ASD, as well as other factors that impact the emotional lives of people with ASD
Clinical Science - PhD
Laura SchreibmanSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Behavior modification and applied behavior analysis

- Psychopathology in children and ASD
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Robert SchultzUniversity of PennsylvaniaCore/Affiliated- Motivation and learning in autism, particularly in social motivation, social attention and social learning

- Genetics of autism using an individual differences approach to look at how genetic variability might correlate with phenotypic variability

- Understanding brain development in ASD, with a focus on multimodal imaging approaches to identify the earliest signals of autism risk, as well as the development of early brain-behavior relationships

- Developing quantitative phenotypes for social communication abilities using novel technologies for assessment in real world contexts
Clinical Psychology - PhD; Experimental Psychology - PhD; Cognitive Neuroscience - PhD
Kimberly SlomanRutgers UniversityAffiliated-Assessment and treatment of automatically reinforced problem behavior

-Stimulus control procedures to facilitate behavior reduction and generalization of treatment effects
Clinical Psychology - PsyD
Tristram SmithUniversity of RochesterAffiliated- Efficacy of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders

- Early intensive behavioral intervention

- Comparing outcomes of interventions such as different models of intervention for establishing communication in nonverbal children with autism, approaches to helping parents become effective teachers for their children, and medications and behavioral interventions for children with ASD who also have challenging behaviors
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Mikle SouthBrigham Young UniversityCore- Neural mechanisms underlying anxiety and emotional learning in ASD, including brain imaging and psychophysiological measuresClinical Psychology - PhD
Wendy StoneUniversity of WashingtonCore- Early identification and intervention for children with ASD

- Early developmental processes that contribute to variability in social and behavioral outcomes in infant siblings of children with ASD

- Translation of research findings into community practice settings
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Mark StraussUniversity of PittsburghCore- Early development of cognitive abilities in infants and children

- Cognitive abilities of children with autism
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Ted TomenyUniversity of Alabama-TuscaloosaCore- Family functioning; Identifying risk and protective factors for siblings and parents of those with ASD

- Better understanding factors related to quality of life for those with ASD, adherence to treatment, and generalizability of treatment outcomes
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Jeanne TownsendSDSU/UCSD JDPCore- Translation of basic research to clinical intervention

- Use of neuropsychological and behavioral testing, electrophysiological recordings (EEG, ERP), and eye-tracking to study attention, arousal, sensory and motor function in typical development, autism and other developmental disorders.
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Amy Vaughan Van HeckeMarquette UniversityCore- Brain activity, heart rate regulation, skin conductance response, facial expression analysis, EEG, ERP, MRI, fMRI, DTI and resting state connectivity fMRI

- Social behavior in infants, children with developmental disorders, such as autism, and teenagers and young adults with autism who are undergoing social skills interventions

- Effect of social skills interventions (e.g., PEERS) on brain structure & activity, anxiety, and social functioning

- Community health education and outreach
Clinical Psychology - PhD
Ty VernonUC Santa BarbaraCore- Social development in typical and atypical populations, including neurological and social-perceptual correlates of ASD

- Social intervention and measurement

Clinical and School Psychology - PhD
Susan WhiteVirginia TechCore- Assessment, treatment and support services for adolescents and adults with ASD and anxiety

- Eye gaze patterns and their potential utility as biomarkers related to comorbidity

- Transition to postsecondary education and adulthood

- Neurotechnologies to improve emotion recognition and expression
Clinical Science - PhD
Jeffrey WoodUCLACore- Developing effective treatment to improve self-regulation, increase adaptive behaviors in social and academic contexts, and address the varying patterns of symptom expression (e.g., repetitive behaviors) and psychiatric comorbidity (e.g., anxiety, conduct problems) seen in many children with ASDHuman Develpment & Psychology - PhD
Kim ZlomkeUniversity of South AlabamaCore- Behavioral family interventions for children with disruptive behavior and autism
- Investigating the role that parenting plays in young adult stress, anxiety, and loneliness
Clinical and Counseling Psychology - PHD