The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC
Search
The Carolina Institute includes:

research
« Back to Research Overview

Investigators & Projects

Listed in alphabetical order

Anton, Eva, PhD

Associate Professor, Cell & Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Cerebral cortical development, Biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Projects

Mapping of Neuronal Placement in the Developing Cerebral Cortex
Radial Glial Development and Differentiation

Baranek, Grace, PhD

Professor, Division of Occupational Science of Allied Health Sciences

Research Interests

Early identification/diagnosis of children with autism, fragile X syndrome and related developmental disabilities; impact of sensory processing disruptions on play skills and social engagement; early intervention; occupational therapy interventions.

Projects

Sensory Experiences in Children with Autism

Belger, Aysenil, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Electrophysiological abnormalities in young autistic children and individuals at high risk for schizophrenia, functional magnetic resonance imaging

Projects

Neurobiology of stress and oxytocin intervention in the prodrome of schizophrenia

Boyd, Brian, PhD

Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences

Research Interests

Development and evaluation of behavioral interventions; Repetitive and sensory-related behaviors of individuals with autism

Projects

Advancing Social-communication & Play (ASAP): An Intervention Program for Preschoolers with Autism

Cohen, Jessica, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

Research Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Development, Developmental Disorders, ADHD, Neuroimaging, Functional Connectivity, Graph Theory

Projects

Large-scale brain organization during cognitive control in ADHD

Daniels, Julie, PhD

Assistant Professor, EpidemiologyAssociate Professor, Maternal and Child Health

Research Interests

Prenatal events and exposures that might lead to autism or developmental disability

Projects

NC CADDRE: Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) Phase II
North Carolina Austims and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Project

Deshmukh, Mohanish, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

Research Interests

Neuronal survival and death pathways

Projects

Mechanism by which Human ES Cells Prime Bax at the Golgi for Rapid Apoptosis

Dichter, Gabriel, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Interests

1) fMRI and psychophysiology of reward processing in autism spectrum disorders; 2) fMRI and psychophysiology of treatment response in autism spectrum disorders; 3) Reward processing in individuals with current and past unipolar depression and risk for future depressive episodes

Projects

Neural Correlates of Reward in Autism
Functional Neuroimaging of Psychopharmacologic Intervention for Autism
Restricted Repetitive Behaviors in Autism

Gilmore, John, MD

Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Imaging early childhood brain development

Projects

Early Brain Development in Twins
Fetal Programming of the Newborn and Infant Human Brain

Gray, Steven, PhD

Research Associate, Gene Therapy Center

Research Interests

Projects

Investigation of Gene Therapy Approaches for the Treatment of Giant Axonal Neuropathy
Global Gene Transfer for the Treatment of Batten Disease
Krabbe Translational Research Network (KTRN) Therapy for Krabbe Disease

Grewen, Karen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Impact of drug use during pregnancy on central and peripheral oxytocin and stress reactivity mechanisms and mother –infant bonding in both postpartum women and their neonates.

Projects

Perinatal Nicotine and Auditory Evoked Potentials in Early Infancy
Neurobiological and Behavioral Consequences of Cocaine Use in Mother-Infant Dyads: Project 2

Hazlett, Heather, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, fragile X, down syndrome)

Projects

A Longitudinal MRI Study of Infants at Risk for Autism (ACE Network)
A Longitudinal MRI Study of Brain Development in Fragile X Syndrome
fcMRI in Infants at High Risk for Autism

Jarstfer, Michael, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Research Interests

Synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, and combinatorial chemistry techniques are used to investigate the ribonucleoprotein telomerase, which plays a pivotal role in tumorgenesis

Projects

Preclinical Testing of Novel Oxytocin Receptor Activators in Models of Autism Phenotypes

Johns, Josephine, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry/PsychologyAssociate Professor of Neurobiology Curriculum

Research Interests

Effects of drug abuse on maternal behavior and infant development. Neuroendocrinology, Behavioral Psychopharmacology and teratology

Projects

Neurobiological and Behavioral Consequences of Cocaine Use in Mother/Infant Dyads

Klinger, Laura, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests

adult outcomes and transition intervention approaches that facilitate positive outcomes with regards to employment, mental health, community integration, and quality of life for individuals with ASD

Projects

ASD in Mid-Adulthood: A 40 Year Follow-Up of Individuals Served by the TEACCH Autism Program

Knickmeyer-Santelli, Rebecca, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Brain Development, Sex Differences, Gonadal Steroids, Turner Syndrome

Projects

Genome-wide Identification of Variants Affecting Early Human Brain Development

Maness, Patricia, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Research Interests

Axon guidance

Projects

Regulation of Spine Morphogenesis by NrCAM

Moy, Sheryl, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of PsychiatryDirector, Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Laboratory

Research Interests

Characterization and preclinical efficacy testing in mouse models for neuropsychiatric disorders

Projects

Preclinical Testing of Novel Oxytocin Receptor Activators in Models of Autism Phenotypes
Early Intervention in a Mouse Model of NMDA Hypofunction

Odom, Sam, PhD

Director, FPG Child Development InstituteProfessor, School of Education

Research Interests

Autism Spectrum Disorders: early intervention, treatment comparison of preschool programs; adolescents and secondary programs; professional development

Projects

Center for Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA)
Post Doctoral Training in Special Education Research
The Toddlers Initiative: Promoting the Use of Evidence-based Practices for Toddlers with ASD     
Joint Attention Medicated Learning Project

Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Fernando, PhD

Associate Professor, Genetics

Research Interests

female meiosis, chromosome segregation, non-Mendelian genetics

Projects

Collaborative Cross: A System Genetics Approach to the Study of Male Infertility
Effect of advanced paternal age on the mutational burden and social behavior of offspring in mice

Parnell, Scott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

Research Interests

Pathology, pathogenic mechanisms and genetic susceptibilities underlying fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other drugs of abuse

Projects

Neuroanatomical/Functional Correlates in an FASD Model

Links

Email:
Web Site
Pub Med

Pedersen, Cort, MD

Co-Director: UNC Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders / Women’s Mood Disorders

Projects

Preclinical Testing of Novel Oxytocin Receptor Activators in Models of Autism Phenotypes

Perkins, Diana, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests

psychosis risk prediction and early intervention, as well as investigations of the genetic basis of schizophrenia

Projects

5/9-Predictors and Mechanisms of Conversion to Psychosis (NAPLS)

Philpot, Ben, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular PhysiologyAssociate Director, IDDRC Post Doctoral Research Training Program

Research Interests

Neurobiology of Angelman Syndrome

Projects

A Chemical Genetic Approach for Activating the Dormant Gene Associated with Rett Syndrome
Epigenetic Regulation of Ube3a as a Treatment for Angelman Syndrome

Piven, Joseph, MD

Director, Carolina Institute for Developmental DisabilitiesThomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests

pathogenesis of autism, Fragile X - MRI/DTI, genetics, early development

Projects

Longitudinal MRI Study of Brain Development in Fragile X
A Longitudinal MRI Study of Infants at Risk for Autism (ACE Network)
IBIS-EARLI Collaboration (Years 4/5) - Genetic Supplement to IBIS
Mapping the Development of Joint Attention Neural Circuitry: A Preliminary Step in Developing a Screening Test for Autism
Autism in Older Adults: A Pilot, Descriptive Study

Roth, Bryan, MD, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests

Molecular neurobiology; CNS drug discovery; synthetic biology

Projects

Identification of Small Molecules for Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders

Short, Sarah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Research Interests

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience – characterizing normative brain structure and function to: 1) inform the identification of risk factors early in development and 2) inform the design of early preventive interventions

Projects

White Matter and Working Memory Development in Typical and High-Risk Children

Smith, Spencer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology

Research Interests

Normal mice and mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders to elucidate the mechanisms that guide the experience-dependent development, and mature function, of neural circuitry

Projects

Imaging Neuronal Activity and Connectivity Across Neocortical Areas

Snider, William, MD

Director, UNC Neuroscience CenterProfessor, Neurology and Cell and Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Developmental Regulation by Neuronal Growth Factors

Projects

GSK-3 is a Master Regulator of Neural Progenitor Self-Renewal
Reversible cell type specific disruption of ERK signaling in developing cortex

Stein, Jason, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics

Research Interests

Exploring how variations in the genome change the structure and development of the brain, and in doing so, create risk for neuropsychiatric illness

Projects

Genetic Influences on Human Cortical Development

Stuber, Garret, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Cell Biology and Physiology

Research Interests

Neural circuit function and dysregulation in mouse models of disease including ASD

Projects

Midbrain Neural Circuit Elements That Underlie Cue-Reward Associations

Styner, Martin, PhD

Associate Director Neuro Image Research CenterResearch Assistant Professor at Department of Computer Science and Psychiatry

Research Interests

Brain development, human bain MRI analysis, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Evaluation of image processing methodology, Rodent brain MRI analysis, Primate brain MRI analysis, Registration methodology, Structural brain segmentation, etc

Projects

Developmental Brain Atlas Tools and Data Applied to Humans and Macaques

Taylor, Anne Marion, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

examining changes that occur at mammalian synapses during development, with disease, and following TBI

Projects


Turner-Brown, Lauren, PhD

Assistant ProfessorAssistant Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program

Research Interests

Early identification and intervention for children with Autism.

Projects

Efficacy of The Home TEACCHing Program for Toddlers with Autism

Watson, Linda, Ed.D.

Professor, Allied Health Sciences

Research Interests

Autism: early identification, social-communication development, sensory features, early intervention

Projects

Efficacy of a Parent-Mediated Intervention for One-Year-Olds at-Risk for Autism

Xiao, Xiao, PhD

Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy

Research Interests

gene delivery and therapy for various genetic and acquired diseases

Projects

Gene delivery for fukutin-related protein deficiencies

Zylka, Mark, PhD

Associate Professor, Cell and Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Molecules and Mechanisms for Pain and Angelman Syndrome Therapies

Projects

Epigenetic regulation of Ube3a as a treatment for Angelman syndrome

Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Copyright 2016 The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Home  |  Services  |  Education  |  Research  |  For Families  |  About Us  |  Support The Institute  |  Contact Us  |