Multimodal Imaging of Early Signature in ASD

Location: Social Cognitive Affective Neurodevelopment Group at San Diego State University
Start Date: September 1st, 2015
End Date: December 30th, 2018

We are recruiting families with toddlers (18-24 month old) who have just received a diagnosis of Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, to take part in the NIH-funded brain imaging studies. We will ask you to visit an MRI research center, where we can obtain images of your child’s brain, while she or he is naturally asleep. The scans will take place late in the evenings when your child is usually asleep. It has been shown that kids can sleep successfully (and peacefully) in the MRI machine. Thus, while this method is completely non-invasive and safe, it can provide us with critical information about how your child’s brain is developing at this critical period when autism symptoms first emerge. You will be compensated for your time and efforts. We will also ask you to return for a similar visit when your child is about 3 years old, and again when they are about 4-5 years old, for which you will also be compensated.



Inclusion criteria: We are currently seeking 18-24 month old children who have just received a diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Contact Information

For more information, contact Dr. Mikaela Kinnear at or 619-594-2500.