Faja Laboratory

Here in the Faja Lab, we are studying social and cognitive development in individuals with autism spectrum disorders, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and typical development. We use physiological and behavioral measures to understand how changes in the brain support social cognitive development. Currently, our work is focused on:

  • Plasticity and treatment response. Can existing training programs be adapted for clinical use? Which aspects of behavior and neural function change in response to intervention?
  • Individual differences. How can we understand the vast differences in children with autism spectrum disorders? Do we see the same patterns in typical development? Can we better predict which individuals will respond to interventions or may benefit from combinations of treatments?
  • Autism spectrum disorders. What risk factors are associated with specific aspects of autism? How can we better measure the strengths and challenges of all individuals with autism spectrum disorders? How can we better understand and support individuals with autism later in life? 

To learn more about current and future projects in the Faja Lab, click here. 

Learn more about what we do in the Faja Lab in this video:

Upcoming Events:

Autism Spectrum Center Parent Forum: Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder & Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Wednesday, June 14th 2017.

Past Events:

Autism Spectrum Center Parent Forum: Strategies for Managing Behaviors Across Settings: Wednesday, April 6th 2016.

West End Community Center Talk: Using brain function to guide intervention development in autism. February, 28th 2016.

2015 Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Sunday, October 18.

2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Sunday, October 19.

2014 Autism Consortium Symposium. Tuesday, October 21.

MIT SCSB Colloquium Susan Faja, PhD. Wednesday, November 5.