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Susan Kaminski Faja, Ph.D.

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Available: 01/01/20, Expires: 07/29/22

Students will contribute to NIH-funded research project examining individual differences observed in cognitive and social development of children on the autism spectrum, including physiological measures of neural development. One of the goals of this project is to examine how best to intervene by determining the predictive relation between executive control and social function early in the course of ASD. HMS students will have the unique opportunity to learn research methods for behavioral and neurophysiological research with human subjects. In addition, students will contribute to an analysis project using either behavioral or neurophysiological data.

The Faja Lab is part of a larger research network in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience that includes a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in a wide range of fields including neuroscience, psychology, and medicine. In collaboration with clinical experts in fields such as developmental pediatrics and child neurology, we are working to expand our knowledge of child development and developmental disorders. Through this collaborative and comprehensive approach, we aim to drive science forward as rapidly as possible; allowing us to translate what we learn into earlier identification, improved therapies, and better outcomes for children and families affected by developmental disorders. As a valued part of this vibrant environment students will, lastly, also get to enjoy a variety of additional professional development opportunities and lectures in addition to experience gained working within the lab.

The research activities and funding listed below are automatically derived from NIH ExPORTER and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing items. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
  1. R03MH113966 (FAJA, SUSAN) Jul 1, 2018 - May 31, 2020
    Developing an intervention to improve independent functioning and health and reduce victimization risk for adults with autism
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01MH113928 (FAJA, SUSAN) Aug 1, 2017 - May 31, 2022
    Charting the trajectory of executive control in autism in order to optimize delivery of intervention
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R00HD071966 (FAJA, SUSAN) Jul 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2017
    Electrophysiological Response to Executive Control Training in Autism
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. K99HD071966 (FAJA, SUSAN) Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2014
    Electrophysiological Response to Executive Control Training in Autism
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Faja S, Clarkson T, Gilbert R, Vaidyanathan A, Greco G, Rueda MR, Combita LM, Driscoll K. A preliminary randomized, controlled trial of executive function training for children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2021 Sep 02; 13623613211014990. PMID: 34474598.
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  2. Shiohama T, Ortug A, Warren JLA, Valli B, Levman J, Faja SK, Tsujimura K, Maunakea AK, Takahashi E. Small Nucleus Accumbens and Large Cerebral Ventricles in Infants and Toddlers Prior to Receiving Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cereb Cortex. 2021 Aug 28. PMID: 34455432.
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  3. Hudac CM, Naples A, DesChamps TD, Coffman MC, Kresse A, Ward T, Mukerji C, Aaronson B, Faja S, McPartland JC, Bernier R. Modeling temporal dynamics of face processing in youth and adults. Soc Neurosci. 2021 Aug; 16(4):345-361. PMID: 33882266.
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  4. Altschuler MR, Faja S. Brief Report: Test-Retest Reliability of Cognitive, Affective, and Spontaneous Theory of Mind Tasks Among School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 May 12. PMID: 33982177.
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  5. Edmunds SR, Colman C, Vidal P, Faja S. Brief Report: Examining the Links Between Language Processes and Working Memory Impairments in Toddlers and Preschoolers with ASD. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 May 06. PMID: 33959845.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  6. Cremone-Caira A, Trier K, Sanchez V, Kohn B, Gilbert R, Faja S. Inhibition in developmental disorders: A comparison of inhibition profiles between children with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and comorbid symptom presentation. Autism. 2021 01; 25(1):227-243. PMID: 32972212.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Levin AR, Naples AJ, Scheffler AW, Webb SJ, Shic F, Sugar CA, Murias M, Bernier RA, Chawarska K, Dawson G, Faja S, Jeste S, Nelson CA, McPartland JC, Sentürk D. Day-to-Day Test-Retest Reliability of EEG Profiles in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typical Development. Front Integr Neurosci. 2020; 14:21. PMID: 32425762.
    Citations: 4     
  8. McPartland JC, Bernier RA, Jeste SS, Dawson G, Nelson CA, Chawarska K, Earl R, Faja S, Johnson SP, Sikich L, Brandt CA, Dziura JD, Rozenblit L, Hellemann G, Levin AR, Murias M, Naples AJ, Platt ML, Sabatos-DeVito M, Shic F, Senturk D, Sugar CA, Webb SJ. The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT): Scientific Context, Study Design, and Progress Toward Biomarker Qualification. Front Integr Neurosci. 2020; 14:16. PMID: 32346363.
    Citations: 10     
  9. Webb SJ, Shic F, Murias M, Sugar CA, Naples AJ, Barney E, Borland H, Hellemann G, Johnson S, Kim M, Levin AR, Sabatos-DeVito M, Santhosh M, Senturk D, Dziura J, Bernier RA, Chawarska K, Dawson G, Faja S, Jeste S, McPartland J. Biomarker Acquisition and Quality Control for Multi-Site Studies: The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials. Front Integr Neurosci. 2019; 13:71. PMID: 32116579.
    Citations: 5     
  10. Kim SH, Buzzell G, Faja S, Choi YB, Thomas HR, Brito NH, Shuffrey LC, Fifer WP, Morrison FD, Lord C, Fox N. Neural dynamics of executive function in cognitively able kindergarteners with autism spectrum disorders as predictors of concurrent academic achievement. Autism. 2020 04; 24(3):780-794. PMID: 31793795.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Cremone-Caira A, Vaidyanathan A, Hyatt D, Gilbert R, Clarkson T, Faja S. Test-retest reliability of the N2 event-related potential in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 02; 131(2):406-413. PMID: 31877490.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Cremone-Caira A, Buirkle J, Gilbert R, Nayudu N, Faja S. Relations between caregiver-report of sleep and executive function problems in children with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Res Dev Disabil. 2019 Nov; 94:103464. PMID: 31479914.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Solomon D, Pantalone DW, Faja S. Autism and Adult Sex Education: A Literature Review using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Framework. Sex Disabil. 2019 Sep; 37(3):339-351. PMID: 33311815.
    Citations: 1     
  14. Sabatos-DeVito M, Murias M, Dawson G, Howell T, Yuan A, Marsan S, Bernier RA, Brandt CA, Chawarska K, Dzuira JD, Faja S, Jeste SS, Naples A, Nelson CA, Shic F, Sugar CA, Webb SJ, McPartland JC. Methodological considerations in the use of Noldus EthoVision XT video tracking of children with autism in multi-site studies. Biol Psychol. 2019 09; 146:107712. PMID: 31163191.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  15. Faja S, Nelson Darling L. Variation in restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests relates to inhibitory control and shifting in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2019 07; 23(5):1262-1272. PMID: 30394786.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Altschuler M, Sideridis G, Kala S, Warshawsky M, Gilbert R, Carroll D, Burger-Caplan R, Faja S. Measuring Individual Differences in Cognitive, Affective, and Spontaneous Theory of Mind Among School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Nov; 48(11):3945-3957. PMID: 29971661.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Hudac CM, Stessman HAF, DesChamps TD, Kresse A, Faja S, Neuhaus E, Webb SJ, Eichler EE, Bernier RA. Exploring the heterogeneity of neural social indices for genetically distinct etiologies of autism. J Neurodev Disord. 2017; 9:24. PMID: 28559932.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    
  18. Faja S, Clarkson T, Webb SJ. Neural and behavioral suppression of interfering flankers by children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychologia. 2016 Dec; 93(Pt A):251-261. PMID: 27825750.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Faja S, Dawson G, Aylward E, Wijsman EM, Webb SJ. Early event-related potentials to emotional faces differ for adults with autism spectrum disorder and by serotonin transporter genotype. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 06; 127(6):2436-47. PMID: 27178863.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Webb SJ, Neuhaus E, Faja S. Face perception and learning in autism spectrum disorders. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2017 05; 70(5):970-986. PMID: 26886246.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Faja S, Dawson G, Sullivan K, Meltzoff AN, Estes A, Bernier R. Executive function predicts the development of play skills for verbal preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Res. 2016 12; 9(12):1274-1284. PMID: 26890821.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Neuhaus E, Kresse A, Faja S, Bernier RA, Webb SJ. Face processing among twins with and without autism: social correlates and twin concordance. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016 Jan; 11(1):44-54. PMID: 26137974.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Naples A, Nguyen-Phuc A, Coffman M, Kresse A, Faja S, Bernier R, McPartland JC. Erratum to: A computer-generated animated face stimulus set for psychophysiological research. Behav Res Methods. 2015 Jun; 47(2):571. PMID: 25304732.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  24. Naples A, Nguyen-Phuc A, Coffman M, Kresse A, Faja S, Bernier R, McPartland JC. A computer-generated animated face stimulus set for psychophysiological research. Behav Res Methods. 2015 Jun; 47(2):562-70. PMID: 25028164.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Faja S, Dawson G. Reduced delay of gratification and effortful control among young children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism. 2015 Jan; 19(1):91-101. PMID: 24335116.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Faja S, Dawson G. Performance on the dimensional change card sort and backward digit span by young children with autism without intellectual disability. Child Neuropsychol. 2014; 20(6):692-9. PMID: 24266398.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Kohls G, Perino MT, Taylor JM, Madva EN, Cayless SJ, Troiani V, Price E, Faja S, Herrington JD, Schultz RT. The nucleus accumbens is involved in both the pursuit of social reward and the avoidance of social punishment. Neuropsychologia. 2013 Sep; 51(11):2062-9. PMID: 23911778.
    Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Faja S, Murias M, Beauchaine TP, Dawson G. Reward-based decision making and electrodermal responding by young children with autism spectrum disorders during a gambling task. Autism Res. 2013 Dec; 6(6):494-505. PMID: 23893954.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Dawson G, Jones EJ, Merkle K, Venema K, Lowy R, Faja S, Kamara D, Murias M, Greenson J, Winter J, Smith M, Rogers SJ, Webb SJ. Early behavioral intervention is associated with normalized brain activity in young children with autism. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 51(11):1150-9. PMID: 23101741.
    Citations: 164     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Herrington J, Nymberg C, Faja S, Price E, Schultz R. The responsiveness of biological motion processing areas to selective attention towards goals. Neuroimage. 2012 Oct 15; 63(1):581-90. PMID: 22796987.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Faja S, Webb SJ, Jones E, Merkle K, Kamara D, Bavaro J, Aylward E, Dawson G. The effects of face expertise training on the behavioral performance and brain activity of adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Feb; 42(2):278-93. PMID: 21484517.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Munson J, Faja S, Meltzoff A, Abbott R, Dawson G. Neurocognitive predictors of social and communicative developmental trajectories in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2008 Nov; 14(6):956-66. PMID: 18954476.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Faja S, Webb SJ, Merkle K, Aylward E, Dawson G. Brief report: face configuration accuracy and processing speed among adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Mar; 39(3):532-8. PMID: 18751880.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Faja S, Aylward E, Bernier R, Dawson G. Becoming a face expert: a computerized face-training program for high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dev Neuropsychol. 2008; 33(1):1-24. PMID: 18443967.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Munson J, Dawson G, Abbott R, Faja S, Webb SJ, Friedman SD, Shaw D, Artru A, Dager SR. Amygdalar volume and behavioral development in autism. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006 Jun; 63(6):686-93. PMID: 16754842.
    Citations: 61     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Skwerer DP, Verbalis A, Schofield C, Faja S, Tager-Flusberg H. Social-perceptual abilities in adolescents and adults with Williams syndrome. Cogn Neuropsychol. 2006; 23(2):338-49. PMID: 21049334.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    
  37. Plesa-Skwerer D, Faja S, Schofield C, Verbalis A, Tager-Flusberg H. Perceiving facial and vocal expressions of emotion in individuals with Williams syndrome. Am J Ment Retard. 2006 Jan; 111(1):15-26. PMID: 16332153.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Dawson G, Webb SJ, Wijsman E, Schellenberg G, Estes A, Munson J, Faja S. Neurocognitive and electrophysiological evidence of altered face processing in parents of children with autism: implications for a model of abnormal development of social brain circuitry in autism. Dev Psychopathol. 2005; 17(3):679-97. PMID: 16262987.
    Citations: 82     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Tager-Flusberg H, Plesa-Skwerer D, Faja S, Joseph RM. People with Williams syndrome process faces holistically. Cognition. 2003 Aug; 89(1):11-24. PMID: 12893122.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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