Shawn E. Christ

Shawn E. Christ
Associate Professor
10 McAlester Hall
(573) 884-8140
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Research in my lab is primarily aimed at increasing our understanding of the cognitive and neural processes underlying typical and atypical development. As such, much of our work focuses on the development of cognitive abilities in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (primarily autism, but also other disorders such as phenylketonuria). In addition to conducting behavioral studies, we also utilize neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, sMRI, DTI) to better elucidate the neural substrates of cognition in individuals with and without early brain injury.

Selected Publications: 

Bodner, K. E., Cowan, N., & Christ, S. E. (in press). Contributions of filtering and attentional allocation to working memory performance in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Boland, K. M., Stichter, J. P., Beversdorf, D. Q., & Christ, S. E. (2019). Flanker visual filtering ability in older adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49, 422-428

Hegarty, J. P., Ferguson, B. J., Zamzow, R. M., Rohowetz, L. J., Johnson, J. D., Christ, S. E., Beversdorf, D. Q. (2017). Beta-adrenergic antagonism affects functional connectivity and modulates default mode network coherence in autism spectrum disorder. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 11, 1278-1289.

Christ, S. E., Stichter, J. P., O’Connor, K. V., Bodner, K., Moffitt, A. J., & Herzog, M. J. (2017). Social skills intervention participation and associated improvements in executive function performance. Autism Treatment & Research, 2017, 1-13.

Christ, S. E., Price, M. H., Bodner, K. E., Saville, C., Moffitt, A. J., & Peck, D. (2016). Morphometric analysis of gray matter integrity in individuals with early-treated phenylketonuria. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 118, 3-8.

Peng, H., Peck, D., White, D. A., & Christ, S. E. (2014). Tract-based evaluation of white matter damage in individuals with early-treated phenylketonuria. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, 37, 237-243.

Christ, S. E., Moffit, A. J., Peck, D. & White, D. A. (2013). The Effects of Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) Treatment on Brain Function in Individuals with Phenylketonuria. NeuroImage: Clinical, 3, 539-547.

***A full list of publications can be found on our lab website (***