Research in the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory investigates the language and related abilities that define autism, fragile X, and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, and the neuropsychological, genetic, and environmental features that may be associated with the behavioral and cognitive profiles of these different groups.

Specific study goals include:

  • To understand the different developmental strengths and weaknesses in language and related abilities in autism and fragile X syndrome.
  • To define subtle language and neuropsychological profiles that may relate to the genes involved in autism and fragile X syndrome among unaffected relatives.
  • To document the interactions between genes and environment in neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Explore our website to find out more about our lab, and our autism and fragile X studies.

Our research team attended the 15th International Fragile X Conference in San Antonio, Texas!

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet with many families of individuals with fragile X as well as present key research findings investigating communicative repair skills, executive functioning, mood, social-personality features, and social language in individuals with FXS and women who carry the FMR1 Premutation. We are grateful for all the families who have participated in our research study! Thank you for your continual involvement and support! - View our "Recent Lab News" section to learn more!