Robert J. Joseph, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston



My clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and assessment (including neuropsychological evaluation) of children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. My scholarly interests and expertise are in child development and developmental psychopathology, particularly brain-behavior relationships in developmental disorders. My research is aimed at defining the brain bases of social-communicative dysfunction as well as special abilities in autism spectrum disorder as a way of elucidating differences in brain architecture in autism. I use multiple methodologies to investigate neurocognitive function in autism, including computerized measures of behavioral response time, eye-tracking, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry




Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Extremely Preterm Children
10/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH OD
1UG3OD023348-01

Minimally Verbal ASD: From Basic Mechanisms to Innovative Interventions
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
4P50DC013027-05

Minimally Verbal ASD: From Basic Mechanisms to Innovative Interventions
04/17/2013 - 08/31/2016 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5P50DC013027-04

Behavioral and Brain Imaging Studies of Verbal/Nonverbal Integration in Autism
07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007 (Co-PI)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)

Functional Connectivity of Language Areas in Autism and Specific Language Impairment
07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007 (Co-PI)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)

White Matter Structure as a Neurobiological Marker for Language Acquisition and Development in Autism
07/01/2004 - 06/01/2007 (PI)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)

Facial Expressions of Emotion in Autism
04/15/2003 - 11/15/2003 (Co-PI)
RepliGen Corporation




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Clinical core 4P50DC013027-05-6029 4
2015 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-04-6029 4
2014 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-03-6029 4
2013 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-02-6029 4
2012 Clinical core 1P50DC013027-01-6029 4
2008 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-04 7
2007 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-03 7
2006 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-02 7
2005 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 1K01MH073944-01 7
2002 Faces and their communicative signals in autism 2U19DC003610-07-1 31
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  1. Tilley SK, Joseph RM, Kuban KCK, Dammann OU, O''Shea TM, Fry RC. Genomic biomarkers of prenatal intrauterine inflammation in umbilical cord tissue predict later life neurological outcomes. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0176953.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28493900; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176953;.
  2. Scott MN, Hunter SJ, Joseph RM, O'Shea TM, Hooper SR, Allred EN, Leviton A, Kuban K. Neurocognitive Correlates of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children Born at Extremely Low Gestational Age. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 May; 38(4):249-259. PMID: 28410255; DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000436;.
  3. Allred EN, Dammann O, Fichorova RN, Hooper SR, Hunter SJ, Joseph RM, Kuban K, Leviton A, O''Shea TM, Scott MN. Systemic Inflammation during the First Postnatal Month and the Risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Characteristics among 10 year-old Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2017 Apr 12. PMID: 28405874; DOI: 10.1007/s11481-017-9742-9;.
  4. Leviton A, Hunter SJ, Scott MN, Hooper SR, Joseph RM, O''Shea TM, Allred EN, Kuban K. Observer variability identifying attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in 10-year-old children born extremely preterm. Acta Paediatr. 2017 Apr 08. PMID: 28390106; DOI: 10.1111/apa.13869;.
  5. Leviton A, Allred EN, Joseph RM, O''Shea TM, Kuban KCK. Newborn blood gas derangements of children born extremely preterm and neurocognitive dysfunctions at age 10 years. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2017 Apr 07; 242:66-72. PMID: 28396202; DOI: 10.1016/j.resp.2017.04.002;.
  6. Jensen ET, van der Burg JW, O''Shea TM, Joseph RM, Allred EN, Heeren T, Leviton A, Kuban KC. The Relationship of Maternal Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Pregnancy Weight Gain to Neurocognitive Function at Age 10 Years among Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2017 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28341527; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.02.064;.
  7. Logan JW, Dammann O, Allred EN, Dammann C, Beam K, Joseph RM, O''Shea TM, Leviton A, Kuban KCK. Early postnatal illness severity scores predict neurodevelopmental impairments at 10 years of age in children born extremely preterm. J Perinatol. 2017 May; 37(5):606-614.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28079875; DOI: 10.1038/jp.2016.242;.
  8. Joseph RM, Korzeniewski SJ, Allred EN, O''Shea TM, Heeren T, Frazier JA, Ware J, Hirtz D, Leviton A, Kuban K. Extremely low gestational age and very low birthweight for gestational age are risk factors for autism spectrum disorder in a large cohort study of 10-year-old children born at 23-27 weeks'' gestation. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Mar; 216(3):304.e1-304.e16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27847193; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.11.1009;.
  9. Kuban KC, Joseph RM, O''Shea TM, Heeren T, Fichorova RN, Douglass L, Jara H, Frazier JA, Hirtz D, Rollins JV, Paneth N. Circulating Inflammatory-Associated Proteins in the First Month of Life and Cognitive Impairment at Age 10 Years in Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2017 Jan; 180:116-123.e1.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27788929; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.09.054;.
  10. Kim SH, Joseph RM, Frazier JA, O''Shea TM, Chawarska K, Allred EN, Leviton A, Kuban KK. Predictive Validity of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) Born Very Preterm. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:101-107.e2. PMID: 27592094; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.07.052;.
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Bar chart showing 57 publications over 20 distinct years, with a maximum of 9 publications in 2016

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autism
child development
child neuropsychology
developmental cognitive neuroscience
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