Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Professor SDSU Neuropsychology

Graduate Institution

J. W. Goethe University

Research Description

My lab (the Brain Development Imaging Lab) investigates functional and anatomical brain development in neurotypical children and those with developmental disorders. Specific focus lies on the study of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our studies apply multimodal magnetic resonance imaging techniques (functional and functional connectivity MRI, anatomical MRI, diffusion weighted imaging and tractography, MR spectroscopy), as well as behavioral, diagnostic and neuropsychological measures. These techniques are used for investigating disturbances of functional and anatomical brain organization and brain-behavior links in ASD across the lifespan, from early childhood to late adulthood.

Representative Publications
  • Jao Keehn, R.J., Nair, S., Pueschel, E.B., Linke, A.C., Fishman, I. & Müller, R.-A. (2018) Atypical local and distal patterns of occipito-frontal functional connectivity are related to symptom severity in autism. Cerebral Cortex, E-pub.

  • Müller, R.-A. & Fishman, I. (2018) Brain connectivity and neuroimaging of social networks in autism. Trends in Cognitive Science 22, 1103-1116.

  • Mash, L.E., Linke, A.C., Olson, L.A., Fishman, I., Liu, T.T. & Müller, R.-A. (2019) Transient states of network connectivity are atypical in autism: A dynamic functional connectivity study. Human Brain Mapping, 40(8), 2377-2389.

  • Hau, J., Aljawad, S., Baggett, N., Fishman, I., Carper, R.A. & Müller, R.-A. (2019) The cingulum and cingulate U-fibers in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Human Brain Mapping, 40(11), 3153-3164.

  • Kohli, J.S., Kinnear, M.K., Fong, C.H., Fishman, I., Carper, R.A. & Müller, R.-A. (2019) Local Cortical Gyrification is Increased in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, but Decreases Rapidly in Adolescents. Cerebral Cortex, 29(6), 2412-2423.