Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Research Associate Professor SDSU Neuropsychology / Experimental Psychopathology
Address 619-594-2299 6363 Alvarado Court, Suite 200 / San Diego, CA 92120

Graduate Institution

University of South Florida

Research Description

With background and training in clinical neuropsychology and cognitive, developmental and social neuroscience, Dr. Fishman uses multimodal imaging methods (EEG, ERPs, and MRI, including functional and diffusion MRI) to examine how brain is organized and functions in typical and atypical development. Dr. Fishman has examined brain processes and circuits that support social cognition in both typically developing individuals (along the extraversion/introversion spectrum), as well as in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders affecting social cognition, including Williams syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Fishman’s recent focus is on understanding early brain markers of autism. Dr. Fishman has founded the SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, which unites a large number of SDSU faculty involved in multifaceted research on autism, to benefit people with ASD and related disorders.

Representative Publications
  • Fishman, I., Linke, A., Hau, J., Carper, R., & Müller, R.-A. (2018). Atypical functional connectivity of amygdala related to reduced symptoms severity in children with autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(10), 764–774.

  • Fishman, I., Datko, M., Cabrera, Y., Carper, R.A., & Müller, R.-A. (2015). Reduced integration and differentiation of the imitation network in autism: A multimodal fcMRI and DWI study. Annals of Neurology, 78(6), 958-969.

  • Fishman, I., Keown, C., Lincoln, A. J., Pineda, J., & Müller, R.-A. (2014). Atypical ’cross-talk’ between mentalizing and mirror neuron networks in autism spectrum disorder. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(7), 751-760.


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