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Shafali Jeste

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Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Member, Brain Research Institute
Assistant Professor In-Residence, Neuroscience IDP

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Interest in understanding perceptual and cognitive domains in children

I am a child neurologist with post-doctoral training in developmental cognitive neuroscience. My lab uses high density EEG and eye tracking to define cognitive phenotypes in young children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). I am particularly interested in understanding perceptual and cognitive domains in children with limited verbal abilities, and to use innovative methods to define predictors of outcome in these children. Currently, in my lab, we are studying three main populations: (1) toddlers and preschoolers with ASD who are enrolled in an intensive treatment program at UCLA, (2) infants at high-risk for an ASD based on having an older sibling with ASD, and (3) infants with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a genetic disorder associated with a high rate of ASD