Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
|Institution||Boston University College of Arts and Sciences|
|Department||Psychological and Brain Sciences|
|Address||100 Cummington Mall|
Boston MA 02215
|Department||Center for Autism Research Excellence|
|2011||-||2013||International Society for Autism Research:
|2012||James McKeen Cattell Fellowship Fund Award|
|2008||American Association for the Advancement of Science:
|2006||Association for Psychological Science:
The overall aims of the research conducted in the Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) address questions about the phenotypic characteristics of the language, communication, and associated social-cognitive deficits in autism (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We have three ongoing lines of research: 1) investigating the early behavioral and brain developmental trajectories in infants at risk for autism (in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Boston; 2) comparing autism and specific language impairment in behavioral and fMRI studies of children and adolescents (in collaboration with MIT); 3) our Autism Center Excellence studies on minimally verbal children with autism (in collaboration with colleagues at BU, MGH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Northeastern).
As the director, I oversee all the main activities of our research programs. I have long-standing interests in language and social-cognitive development in a number of different populations, especially autism, Williams syndrome, and developmental language disorders. More recently, my research has explored the connections between brain structure and function and cognitive/behavioral impairments in people with these disorders at different ages, from infancy through young adulthood. My work is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. I have edited several books, published many articles and chapters, and serve on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals. I served as the President for the International Society for Autism Research from 2011 to 2013. I regularly present my research at professional conferences, government meetings, parent advocacy groups, and training institutes both in the United States and around the world.
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