We are studying the cognitive and neural underpinnings of eating-related behaviors, including selective/‘picky’ eating and overeating/eating in the absence of hunger, in both neurotypical individuals and individuals with autism across the lifespan.
Structural Brain Development
Utilizing magnetic resonance imaging scans, we are studying structural brain development and its behavioral correlates in both autism spectrum disorder and typically developing individuals.
Adulthood and Aging in Autism
Autism is a lifelong condition, nevertheless, research has focused on childhood the relative exclusion of adulthood, particularly middle and older adulthood. This research program is focused on better understanding middle and older adulthood outcomes in autism, including potential predictors of risk and resiliency to inform prevention and intervention programs.
Compensatory Skills in Autism
The majority of autism research focuses on deficits or challenges these individuals experience. However, equally important for improving outcomes and informing intervention approaches is understanding ways that people with autism compensate for their deficits. This line of work focuses not only on social compensation (e.g., camouflaging), but also non-social compensation including ways that autistic individuals cope with executive function challenges and sensory stimuli in various environments.