Neurobiology of Sensory Processing and Speech Production
Measure Development for Affective Communication
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Imaging Lab (NAIL)

Research Laboratory of Carly Demopoulos, Ph.D.

Our lab focuses on sensory-motor processing and communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  

We utilize multi-modal neuroimaging and behavioral and neuropsychological assessment to investigate the impact of sensorimotor functioning in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our current research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie the heterogenous presentation of speech and voice characteristics, as well as broader verbal and non-verbal communication abilities, in individuals with ASD. We are also examining the impact of sensory dysfunction on sleep disturbance in ASD. The goal of this program of research is to identify novel intervention targets to advance treatment for the Autistic community we serve. Future treatments may be behavioral, pharmacological, or neuromodulatory.

We Are Actively Recruiting Participants!

We are looking for children ages 8-16 who do not have autism, who do have autism, and who do have autism along with speech and/or spoken communication difficulties. See our Currently Enrolling Studies Tab to learn more.