Investigators

Dr. Jane Roberts : Principal Investigator of the UofSC Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab

Dr. Jane Roberts

Principal Investigator of the UofSC Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab

jane.roberts@sc.edu

Dr. Jane Roberts joined the faculty at UofSC in 2008. She is a school psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 and spent 10 years at UNC as a research investigator and scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute. Her work focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie cognitive and behavioral functioning in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome, and ADHD.

Dr. Roberts' current research focuses on:

  • Early detection of autism in high risk populations: autism and fragile X syndrome
  • Genetic and psychosocial contributions to mood and anxiety disorders in women with the FMR1 premutation
  • Hyperarousal and stress in young children with neurodevelopmental disorders

For more detailed information regarding Dr Robert's research, you can review her curriculum vitae and ResearchGate profile.

Dr. Roberts is married, has three children, and enjoys reading and playing tennis in her spare time.

Dr. Elizabeth Will : Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Will

Research Assistant Professor

 

Liz Will is a Research Assistant Professor in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab. Dr. Will completed her PhD in Applied Developmental Science at Colorado State University. Her graduate research focused on identifying early patterns of developmental vulnerabilities related to cognitive and adaptive outcomes within children with neurogenetic disorders. Dr. Will’s postdoctoral research is focused on delineating syndrome-specific vulnerabilities and underlying psychophysiological mechanisms contributing to differential outcomes for individuals with fragile X syndrome.

For more detailed information regarding Dr. Will's research, you can review her curriculum vitae and ResearchGate profile.


Collaborators

 

Dr. Abigail Hogan is an Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at UofSC’s Arnold School of Public Health. She is the director of the Social Experiences in Autism (SEA) Lab and previously served as the Assistant Director of the NDD Lab following her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Roberts. Dr. Hogan’s research focuses on social communication in autism spectrum disorder, with an emphasis on factors that contribute to social communication development in young autistic children. Learn more. 

 

Dr. Kimberly J. Hills is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a trainer and mentor in the NDD Lab and provides clinical training in ASD assessment skills to clinicians across the state of South Carolina. Her current research interests focus on autism diagnosis, psychological assessment, prevention and intervention for at-risk youth and positive psychology. Learn more.

 

Dr. Jessica Klusek is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, within the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the NDD Lab. Her research focuses on gaining a better understanding of how communication features associated with autism and fragile X syndrome are shaped by genetic and physiological factors. Learn more.

 

Dr. Jessica Bradshaw is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on early identification and intervention of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the first years of life. Learn more.

 

Dr. John E. Richards is a Carolina Distinguished Professor Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Richards is a co-investigator with Dr. Roberts on a grant to study attention and face processing in infants and preschoolers with neurodevelopmental disorders. Most participants in our NDD lab studies also participate in an EEG study with Dr. Richards. Learn more.

 

Dr. James McPartland is an associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. As a consultant on one of our NIH grants, he provides expertise on the development, implementation, and interpretation of electrophysiological indicators of social perception in children with fragile X syndrome, FMR1 premutation, typical controls, and high risk children who have siblings with autism. Learn more.

 

Dr. Fredrick Shic is an associate professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Pediatrics/Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He is a co-investigator on one of our NIH grants that utilizes eye tracking to study attention and social development. Dr. Shic’s current research interests include applications of eye-tracking and functional near infrared spectroscopy to the study of the social and cognitive development in infants, toddler, and children with autism and other development disorders, and the development of new technologies and methodologies for enriching both our understanding of neuropsychiatric conditions and the lives of affected children and their families. Learn more.

 

Dr. Bridgette (Tonnsen) Kelleher is an associate professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. As a consultant on one of our NIH grants, Dr. Tonnsen uses her expertise to lead the heart activity data and assists with the integration and collection of eye-tracking data. Learn more.

 

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto is a nationally recognized researcher and a leader in improving the lives of children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is the director of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the holder of the Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine. Learn more.

 

Dr. Alice Carter is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As a consultant on one of our NIH grants, Dr. Carter shares her expertise on the identification of infants and toddlers at risk for problems in social, behavioral, and emotional functioning and understanding the role of family functioning in the developmental course of children at genetic risk for or exhibiting clinical disorders. Learn more.


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