Associate Project Scientist
Ruth has two areas of research focusing on the brain bases and long-term phenomenology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. 1. One of her primary areas of interest is how adults with autism fare as they age. Ruth has been examining a group of 30 to 65-year-olds with autism, monitoring their cognitive abilities, behavior, daily living skills, physical health, and support needs. She hopes to identify factors that predict long-term success. 2. For many years, Ruth has used Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques (MRI) to study the neuroanatomy of autism, how it changes during development, and how these structural differences help to explain differences in cognition. She is collaborating with colleagues at San Diego State University to examine these phenomena in adolescent populations with autism.
Marissa's research centers on attention (especially visual attention) and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recently, she has become interested in interactions between attention and the motor system, and has been working on the integration of EEG with whole-body motion capture data. One of Marissa's ongoing research goals is to expand the boundaries and utility of signal-processing tools for EEG data.