The mission of the lab is to understand the underlying neurobiology of developmental disorders, with a specific emphasis on Autism. That is, to understand how the brains of typically developing children operate, and how the brain function of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Rett syndrome, cystinosis, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention deficit disorder, sensory processing disorder and dyslexia differs from that of their typically developing peers. In particular, we seek to address processing differences that complicate everyday functioning for these individuals and their caretakers. The ultimate goal is to use this knowledge for the development of optimized and targeted intervention programs.
The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory is the research arm of the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) and is directed by Dr. Sophie Molholm. The research team is one of ten such teams that constitute the CERC's programs. Through these teams, CERC has 60,000 patient contacts per year while serving some 7,000 children who have been diagnosed with a variety of developmental and other disorders, ranging from ASD to cerebral palsy and HIV/AIDS. We have worked extensively in both adolescent Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Aging.
Our central goal is to develop more effective treatments and interventions through establishing basic knowledge.