Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-534-4634 UCSD Psychology Department / 9500 Gilman Drive / La Jolla, CA 92093-0109

Graduate Institution

University of Minnesota

Research Description

My research focuses on the development of brain systems that underlie social and cognitive development. I am particularly interested in how social relationships affect the development of brain systems involved in memory, face processing, and social cognition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), typical development, and children at risk for developing ASD.

Representative Publications
  • Cluver, A., Heyman, G., &Carver, L.J. (in press). Young Children Selectively Seek Help When Solving Problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

  • Stavropoulous, K.K.M. & Carver, L.J. (in press). Social motivation and oxytocin in autism: Implications for joint attention development and intervention. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

  • Cornew, L. Dobkins, K., Akshoomoff, N.A., McCleery, J., & Carver, L.J. (2012). Social referencing in infants at risk for autism: Evidence for a broader autism phenotype at 18 months of age. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 2611-2621. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1518-8.


Gail Heyman / Margaret Friend / Christopher Bryan