Dr. Ruth Carper is Associate Director of the Brain Development Imaging Laboratories (BDIL) at San Diego State University, and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her doctorate in Neurosciences from the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Carper’s research focuses on the brain bases and long-term phenomenology of autism spectrum disorders. Through her ongoing collaborations within the BDIL her current work incorporates nearly the entire lifespan in ASD, from toddlerhood to aging. She uses structural MRI, Diffusion Weighted Imaging, and other MRI methods to study the neuroanatomy of autism, how brain structure changes throughout the lifespan, and how these structural differences help to explain differences in cognition and function. Her work with multi-shell diffusion imaging has suggested differences in neurite density within cortical gray matter in children and adolescents with ASD, and she plans to incorporate some of these methods in further studies of cortical anomalies in aSD. Dr. Carper also has a strong interest in how adults with autism fare as they age. She has been assessing 30 to 65 year olds with autism to study differences in brain structure and function using MRI, how measures associate with cognitive and behavioral abilities, daily living skills, physical health, and support needs. She hopes to identify factors that predict long-term success longitudinally.
As an affiliate of the Center, Dr. Suhrheinrich’s vision includes cross-disciplinary collaboration with other Center faculty to maximize the innovation and impact of ASD-related research at SDSU, as well as collaboration with community partners to improve access to research participation and to enhance responce to community needs for information and clinical support. You can contact Dr. Suhrheinrich directly to discuss these opportunities with her.
As an affiliate of the Center, Dr. Rieth’s vision includes improving our connections with community agencies to facilitate responsive research and participation, and developing training opportunities for clinical counseling and other mental health graduate students and trainees. You can contact Dr. Rieth for information on training opportunities in her lab.
You can contact Dr. Abel for information on training opportunities in her lab.
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