Brain Cloud GraphicConducting Behavioral and Imaging Studies of Autism and Translating Research to Clinical Treatment


About Us

Despite the characterization of social and communication deficits defining autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the earliest signs of atypical neurodevelopment are behavioral differences in attention, movement and responses to sensory stimuli. 

Our group uses EEG, eye-tracking, motion capture and behavioral testing to study attention, sensory processing and motor function in autism.

We believe studying these foundational aspects of neurodevelopment will help us better understand ASD in older children and, importantly lead to the design of novel and more effective interventions.


Research Focus

  • Investigating the neural correlates to brain based sensory abnormalities
  • Characterizing motor function across multiple domains by recording eye movement, balance and gait
  • Evaluating the distribution, control and modulation of attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Translating our research findings into novel interventions for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum

Contact Us

UCSD Research on Autism and Development
La Jolla Professional Ctr.
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr.
Suite B-216
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858-246-1932
Fax: 858-246-1930



4th year JDP Language and Communicative Disorders student, Irina Potapova, presented her research at the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) symposium at UC San Diego on October 18th.  The FISP symposium is a celebration of awards made for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research that is interdisciplinary in nature and involving mentors from at least two divisions at UC San Diego.

Ms. Potapova was awarded a graduate fellowship to work with Leanne Chukoskie and Jeanne Townsend to use eye tracking as a sensitive online assessment of novel word learning in young children both with and without language disorders.