Robert M. Joseph, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NIH OD
5UH3OD023348-07

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

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

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

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



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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. Camerota M, McGowan EC, Aschner J, Stroustrup A, O'Shea TM, Hofheimer JA, Joseph RM, Musci R, Taylor G, Carter BS, Check J, Dansereau LM, Gogcu S, Helderman JB, Neal CR, Pastyrnak SL, Smith LM, Marsit CJ, Lester BM. Neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes of very preterm infants: latent profile analysis in the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. Pediatr Res. 2024 Jan; 95(1):377-385.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37700161
     
  2. Alho J, Samuelsson JG, Khan S, Mamashli F, Bharadwaj H, Losh A, McGuiggan NM, Graham S, Nayal Z, Perrachione TK, Joseph RM, Stoodley CJ, Hämäläinen MS, Kenet T. Both stronger and weaker cerebro-cerebellar functional connectivity patterns during processing of spoken sentences in autism spectrum disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2023 Dec 01; 44(17):5810-5827. PMID: 37688547; PMCID: PMC10619366; DOI: 10.1002/hbm.26478;
     
  3. Patti MA, Ning X, Hosseini M, Croen LA, Joseph RM, Karagas MR, Ladd-Acosta C, Landa R, Messinger DS, Newschaffer CJ, Nguyen R, Ozonoff S, O'Shea TM, Schmidt RJ, Trevino CO, Lyall K. A Comparative Analysis of the Full and Short Versions of the Social Responsiveness Scale in Estimating an Established Autism Risk Factor Association in ECHO: Do we Get the Same Estimates? J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Jul 22. PMID: 37480437
     
  4. Frazier JA, Li X, Kong X, Hooper SR, Joseph RM, Cochran DM, Kim S, Fry RC, Brennan PA, Msall ME, Fichorova RN, Hertz-Picciotto I, Daniels JL, Lai JS, Boles RE, Zvara BJ, Jalnapurkar I, Schweitzer JB, Singh R, Posner J, Bennett DH, Kuban KCK, O'Shea TM. Perinatal Factors and Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Dysregulation in Childhood and Adolescence. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2023 Dec; 62(12):1351-1362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37207889; PMCID: PMC10654259; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2023.05.010;
     
  5. Freedman AN, Clark J, Eaves LA, Roell K, Oran A, Koval L, Rager J, Santos HP, Kuban K, Joseph RM, Frazier J, Marsit CJ, Burt AA, O'Shea TM, Fry RC. A multi-omic approach identifies an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) regulatory complex of functional epimutations in placentas from children born preterm. Autism Res. 2023 May; 16(5):918-934.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36938998; PMCID: PMC10192070; DOI: 10.1002/aur.2915;
     
  6. Ahlfors SP, Graham S, Bharadwaj H, Mamashli F, Khan S, Joseph RM, Losh A, Pawlyszyn S, McGuiggan NM, Vangel M, Hämäläinen MS, Kenet T. No Differences in Auditory Steady-State Responses in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Mar 17. PMID: 36932270
     
  7. 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; 37:103336. PMID: 36724734; PMCID: PMC9898310; DOI: 10.1016/j.nicl.2023.103336;
     
  8. 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 Jul; 94(1):172-177. PMID: 36639518; DOI: 10.1038/s41390-022-02424-x;
     
  9. 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 Mar; 16(3):653-666.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36595641; PMCID: PMC10551822; DOI: 10.1002/aur.2885;
     
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC9647591; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2022-056445;
     
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Bar chart showing 124 publications over 26 distinct years, with a maximum of 16 publications in 2017 and 2018

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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

autism
preterm birth
child development
child neuropsychology
developmental cognitive neuroscience
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