Robert M. Joseph, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst



My clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and assessment (including neuropsychological evaluation) of children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. My scholarly and research interests 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. In addition, since 2011, I have served as the lead psychologist of the multi-site Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (ELGAN) Study investigating early environmental and biological predictors of neurocognitive and neurobehavioral outcomes in children born at extremely low gestational age. A primary aim of this study is to determine if neonatal markers of brain inflammation predict a higher prevalence of learning difficulties and behavioral disorders, including autism, in children who are born extremely preterm, as well as to identify modifiable risk factors that can reduce the likelihood of preterm birth and optimize the outcomes of children born preterm.

Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Psychiatry


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




Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Extremely Preterm Children
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH OD
4UH3OD023348-03

Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Extremely Preterm Children
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH OD
5UH3OD023348-06

Placental Epigenome and Brain Dysfunction after Preterm Birth
09/08/2017 - 05/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH NICHD
5R01HD092374-05

Minimally Verbal ASD: From Basic Mechanisms to Innovative Interventions
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2019 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
4P50DC013027-05

Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Extremely Preterm Children
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2018 (Subcontract PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH OD
5UG3OD023348-02

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

Minimally Verbal ASD: From Basic Mechanisms to Innovative Interventions
04/17/2013 - 08/31/2016 (Co-Investigator 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)

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Clinical core 4P50DC013027-05-6029 21
2015 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-04-6029 21
2014 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-03-6029 21
2013 Clinical core 5P50DC013027-02-6029 21
2012 Clinical core 1P50DC013027-01-6029 21
2008 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-04 9
2007 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-03 9
2006 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 5K01MH073944-02 9
2005 Neural Substrates of Gaze and Face Processing in Autism 1K01MH073944-01 9
2002 Faces and their communicative signals in autism 2U19DC003610-07-1 35
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  1. Alho J, Khan S, Mamashli F, Perrachione TK, Losh A, McGuiggan NM, Graham S, Nayal Z, Joseph RM, Hämäläinen MS, Bharadwaj H, Kenet T. Atypical cortical processing of bottom-up speech binding cues in children with autism spectrum disorders. Neuroimage Clin. 2023 Jan 22; 37:103336. PMID: 36724734
     
  2. Emmanuel C, Yi JX, Joseph RM, Kuban KKC, Knafl KA, Docherty SL, Hodges EA, Fry RC, O'Shea TM, Santos HP. Child and family factors associated with positive outcomes among youth born extremely preterm. Pediatr Res. 2023 Jan 13. PMID: 36639518
     
  3. Joseph RM, Lai ER, Bishop S, Yi J, Bauman ML, Frazier JA, Santos HP, Douglas LM, Kuban KKC, Fry RC, O'Shea TM. Comparing autism phenotypes in children born extremely preterm and born at term. Autism Res. 2023 Jan 03. PMID: 36595641
     
  4. Vaidya R, Yi JX, O'Shea TM, Jensen ET, Joseph RM, Shenberger J, Gogcu S, Wagner K, Msall ME, Thompson AL, Frazier JA, Fry R, Singh R. Long-Term Outcome of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation. Pediatrics. 2022 Nov 01; 150(5). PMID: 36200375
     
  5. Jensen ET, Yi J, Jackson W, Singh R, Joseph RM, Kuban KCK, Msall ME, Washburn L, Fry R, South AM, O'Shea TM. Analysis of Neurodevelopment in Children Born Extremely Preterm Treated With Acid Suppressants Before Age 2 Years. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Nov 01; 5(11):e2241943. PMID: 36378311
     
  6. Cochran DM, Jensen ET, Frazier JA, Jalnapurkar I, Kim S, Roell KR, Joseph RM, Hooper SR, Santos HP, Kuban KCK, Fry RC, O'Shea TM. Association of prenatal modifiable risk factors with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder outcomes at age 10 and 15 in an extremely low gestational age cohort. Front Hum Neurosci. 2022; 16:911098. PMID: 36337853
     
  7. Freedman AN, Eaves LA, Rager JE, Gavino-Lopez N, Smeester L, Bangma J, Santos HP, Joseph RM, Kuban KC, O'Shea TM, Fry RC. The placenta epigenome-brain axis: placental epigenomic and transcriptomic responses that preprogram cognitive impairment. Epigenomics. 2022 Aug; 14(15):897-911. PMID: 36073148
     
  8. O'Shea TM, Register HM, Yi JX, Jensen ET, Joseph RM, Kuban KCK, Frazier JA, Washburn L, Belfort M, South AM, Santos HP, Shenberger J, Perrin EM, Thompson AL, Singh R, Rollins J, Gogcu S, Sanderson K, Wood C, Fry RC. Growth During Infancy After Extremely Preterm Birth: Associations with Later Neurodevelopmental and Health Outcomes. J Pediatr. 2023 Jan; 252:40-47.e5. PMID: 35987367
     
  9. Hadjikhani N, Galazka M, Kenet T, Joseph R, Åsberg Johnels J. Discrepancy between high non-verbal intelligence and low accuracy at reading emotional expressions in the eyes reflects the magnitude of social-emotional difficulties in autism. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2022 Aug 18. PMID: 35980452
     
  10. Ahlfors SP, Graham S, Alho J, Joseph RM, McGuiggan NM, Nayal Z, Hämäläinen MS, Khan S, Kenet T. Magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography can both detect differences in cortical responses to vibrotactile stimuli in individuals on the autism spectrum. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:902332. PMID: 35990048
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 118 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 16 publications in 2017 and 2018

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autism
preterm birth
child development
child neuropsychology
developmental cognitive neuroscience
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