Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Research Assistant Professor SDSU Neuropsychology
Address 619-594-2500 6363 Alvarado Court, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92120

Graduate Institution

University of Cambridge

Research Description

My research focuses on understanding how brain function develops and changes across the lifespan, and how it is altered in neurodevelopmental disorders. Working closely with my colleagues at the Brain Development Imaging Laboratories and the SDSU Center for Autism, we use functional and structural MRI in combination with behavioral, diagnostic and neuropsychological measures to investigate the relationship between brain organization and behavior from infancy to adulthood. I am particularly interested in how atypical sensory processing is related to language and social development in young children with autism spectrum disorders.

Representative Publications
  • Linke, A.C., Chen, B., Olson, L., Ibarra, C.,Fong, C., Reynolds, S., Apostol, M., Kinnear, M.K., Müller, R.-A. & Fishman, I. (2021). Sleep problems in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders are associated with sensory sensitivities and thalamocortical overconnectivity. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.07.008.

  • Linke, A.C., Kinnear, M., Kohli, J.S., Fong, C.H., Lincoln, A.J., Carper, R.A., & Müller, R.-A. (2020). Impaired motor skills and atypical functional connectivity of the sensorimotor system in 40-65 year old adults with autism spectrum disorders. Neurobiology of Aging, 85, 104-112.

  • Linke, A.C., Jao Keehn, R.J., Pueschel, E., Fishman, I., & Müller, R.-A. (2017). Children with ASD show links between aberrant auditory processing, social symptoms, and atypical inter hemispheric and thalamocortical functional connectivity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 117-126.


Inna Fishman (SDSU Psychology), Ralph-Axel Müller (SDSU Psychology), Ruth Carper (SDSU Psychology), Alyson Abel Mills (SDSU School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences)