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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Research

Autism

Georgina LynchDr. Georgina Lynch’s work involves eye-tracking technology and pupillometry to help explain underlying brain function in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She and her lab are interested in the neural circuits impacted in ASD which affect arousal, neurodevelopment and social behavior. Current projects examine hand-held pupillometry as a non-invasive tool for developing biometrics to support early detection of ASD and the use of eye tracking technology to support development of clinical interventions capitalizing on the visual neural pathway.

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Lucia PeixotoThe research in Dr. Lucia Peixoto’s lab focuses on defining and understanding factors that impact severity in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Pexioto’s interested in genetic risk factors and mechanisms underlying the presence of co-occurring problems that increase ASD severity, such as sleep problems.

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Lauren SwinfordDr. Lauren Swineford’s research takes a clinical and developmental approach to the study of the core and secondary symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with an emphasis on prelinguistic and language development. Her research focuses on the improvement of measurement of constructs integral to ASD research in the field of communication disorders. This research contributes to the understanding of the developmental course of prelinguistic and language development in ASD which is important for its potential to: (1) lead to the refinement of screening and diagnostic tools used for early identification and diagnosis of children with ASD, (2) optimize diagnostic procedures for ASD, and (3) improve earlier access to ASD-specialized intervention for children in need.

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