My research is in the area of developmental neuropsychology and developmental social-cognitive neuroscience. My work examines the behaviors that are associated with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders like autism, Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other disorders characterized by repetitive behavior and restricted interests.
Together, with colleagues at Geisinger Health System, we examine the brain structure and function (using EEG and MRI) as it relates to behavior in children with rare and common genetic variants as well as in typically developing children and adolescents. In April 2013, we opened the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) here in Lewisburg. Our research group includes a talented team of Bucknell undergraduate and graduate students, and our Geisinger colleagues are nationally and internationally known geneticists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, genetic counselors, and neuroradiologists.
Beginning in the summer of 2013, I will be on leave of absence, working on research at ADMI, but I am still interested in working with motivated students. Undergraduate or graduate students or research assistants who are looking for research opportunities and who have interests or experiences in neuroscience, genetics, computer programming and computational sciences, psychophysiology and neuroimaging, especially as they relate to autism spectrum disorders, should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.