We are broadly interested in understanding brain connections and neural mechanisms that give rise to our complex social behaviors, through the prism of development.
We use neuropsychological assessment, along with functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and other brain imaging methods (EEG, ERPs) to understand neural bases of typical and atypical development. See Research section for more details.
The SCANgroup is part of the Brain Development Imaging Laboratories (BDIL), a collaborative research cluster investigating brain development.
We are also affiliated with the SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, SDSU Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and SDSU Department of Psychology and its Master’s Program.
SDSU Toddler MRI Project:
Our current efforts focus on identifying early brain markers for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which remain unknown today. The SDSU Toddler MRI Project’s goal is to understand how the brain develops in the first years of life in toddlers and preschoolers with ASD in comparison to typically developing children. We are examining how the brain is organized at the age when first autism symptoms become apparent (around 18-24 months) and how it changes throughout the early childhood, by the time children reach age 4-5 years.
This project is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at SDSU, UCSD, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, and is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. To learn more about this project, read here.
Latest @ SCANgroup:
Our paper on sensory network connectivity in young children with ASD is covered in Spectrum.
Dr. Fishman is giving a talk at the Hebrew University Autism Center in Israel.
Our research and recent findings are profiled in this KPBS story by Megan Burks.
Read here on our work and recent efforts at the SDSU Center for Autism: Autism Center answers growing need.
SCANgroup’s recent findings on atypical amygdala connectivity in children with ASDs is reviewed by the Autism Science Foundation (ASF) weekly Science Podcast.
SCANgroup receives a new award to examine the effects of the Improvisational Theater intervention on social skills in teens with ASDs. Under this Community-University partnership award, we will be teaming up with Richie Ploesch and the Unscripted Learning Connections Program to evaluate the effects of their fun improv theater program on anxiety and overall well-being in teenagers with ASDs.
Dr. Fishman is giving a talk at the Negev Autism Center in Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
The SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders has been founded! Directed by Dr. Fishman, the Center will provide diagnostic and evaluation services to the individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. For more on the Center’s mission, read here.
Dr. Fishman and her colleagues Drs. Alyson Abel and Tracy Love from the SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences receive a Collaborative Pilot Grant award from the SDSU Center for Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (CCN), to support their collaboration on neural mechanisms of Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
Latest Student News:
Our best wishes to Katherine who is moving to Seattle to attend a grad program in Applied Psychology at UW!
Congrats to Elisa Mendez, an undergraduate student in the lab, for acceptance into the SDSU Summer Undergraduate Research Program! During this entirely virtual program (due to the Covid pandemic), Elisa will utilize the Toddler Project data to examine whether there are links between socioeconomic variables and anxiety levels in young children with autism.
Congratulations to Bosi Chen, a doctoral student in our lab, who was awarded a prestigious Autism Speaks / Royal Arch Masons Predoctoral Fellowship, to examine the neural correlates of auditory processing and sound sensitivity in young children with autism.
Congratulations to Lindsay Olson for being awarded the prestigious Autism Speaks predoctoral fellowship to study links between socioeconomic status and language development and its neural correlates, using advanced MRI methods, in young children with autism.
Check out our presentations at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) meeting in Montreal: from brain networks in toddlers with autism, to the relations between SES and early language skills in ASD, and effects of improvisational theater intervention on teens’ social skills.
Congratulations to Chris Fong, who will be starting the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology this Fall; to Michelle Ortega who will be starting the SDSU Masters of Special Education program, with an emphasis in autism, and to Tamae Sugiura, who will be starting the SDSU Speech and Language Pathology Masters program!
Thank you to all the SCANgroup students representing us at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting:
Chris Fong defends his Masters Thesis on brain network organization in children and teens with autism. Congrats Chris!
Congratulations to Elly Pueschel on graduating in 3 years and being named the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Psychology Senior! Elly will be starting a PhD program in Developmental Psychology at USC in the Fall. Congrats Elly, you’ll be missed!
- Brain Development Imaging Labs, SDSU
- SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
- Center for Functional MRI, UCSD
- Autism Discovery Institute, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
- SDSU Imaging Center