Clinical Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorder
The McPartland Lab studies neural systems subserving social perception and social cognition in typical and atypical human development. Research studies track developmental specialization of these neural systems from infancy through adulthood. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is used to evaluate plasticity in these systems and to understand the potential for electrophysiological biomarkers to predict or quantify impact on related behavioral function. This work is conducted with a translational focus to improve clinical research and clinical practice in neurodevelopmental conditions.
James McPartland received his A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2005. He transitioned to Yale for his clinical internship at that time and has remained, now Harris Professor, Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, and Director of the Yale Center for Brain and Mind Health. He serves as Principal Investigator of the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials, a nationwide network to develop and qualify biomarkers to improve clinical research in autism. He embraces the challenge of bridging neuroscience research with clinical care.