Dr. Katherine A. Loveland
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center of Excellence on Development and Psychopathology
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Neuropsychology and neurobiology of developmentally disordered populations
- Development of social, communicative and emotional behavior in humans
- Neurodevelopmental and cognitive aspects of psychopathology
Research in this laboratory focuses on development of brain and behavior in humans with developmental disorders, such as autism, intellectual disability, language and learning disorders, and attention deficits, and on co-morbid psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and others. A major theme in our research is to study the neuropsychology of autism together with social and emotional behavior, as well as clinical characteristics to examine the role of the orbitofrontal-limbic circuit in the brain in the central characteristics of autism, i.e., social and communicative deficits. Other current projects include study of spontaneous emotional expressions by persons with autism; dietary factors in treatment of young children with autism; social perception by persons with autism; anxiety symptoms in ASD and their neurodevelopmental basis.
In the tutorial, graduate students can become familiar with techniques for human experimental and clinical laboratory research, neuropsychological testing, MRI, and can gain experience working with abnormal populations.