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Anderson Lab


The Anderson Lab is interested in stress response systems, circadian rhythms, and serotonergic systems, and their involvement in dimensions of behaviors relevant to childhood developmental atypicality. Basic research of the lab examines peripheral and central serotonin neurochemistry and assesses response to serotonergic agents. In addition, more theoretical studies involve work on the conceptualization of autism, the utility of biomarkers in autism, and the application of network analysis to behavioral dimensions in autism.

IRB Study Title(s)

Recent and ongoing studies include those in collaboration with researchers at Brown University (Effects of Gestational SSRI Exposure on Behavioral and Neurobiological Outcomes), University of Southern California (Effects of Altered Placental Serotonin Production on Neurodevelopment), Tufts University (Serotonergic Signaling in Nerve Growth), Columbia University (Serotonin and Gastrointestinal Functioning in Autism), University of Reens-France (HPA Axis Functioning in Autism; Pain Reactivity and B-endorphin in Autism), The University of Groningen-The Netherlands (Network Analysis of Behavioral Dimensions in Autism), and Yale University (G. Sanacora, HPA Axis and Response to CBT in De-pression; S. Chang, Central Neurochemical Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan Administration in Rhesus; GM Anderson, Circadian Neurochemistry and Behavioral, Sleep and Gastrointestinal Measures in Autism).

Research Interest

The neurobiology of dimensions of behaviors relevant to childhood neurodevelopmental atypicality.

Research Team

  • Senior Research Scientist in the Child Study Center and in Laboratory Medicine; Director, Core Resource Laboratory of the Yale Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Stress, Self-Control and Addiction; Director, Laboratory of Developmental Neurochemistry (Child Study Center)

    Research Interests
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Canada
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Depression
    • Tourette Syndrome
    • Netherlands
    • Neurobiology
    • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
    • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
    • Neuropsychiatry

Collaborating Yale Faculty

  • Associate Professor Tenure; Associate Professor, Neuroscience; Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    • Amygdala
    • Neurophysiology
    • Social Behavior
    • Prefrontal Cortex
  • Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Child Psychiatry; Director, Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program, Child Study Center; Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic

    Research Interests
    • Attention
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Mental Disorders
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Human Development
    • Pediatrics
    • Perception
    • Psychophysiology
    • Technology
    • Prodromal Symptoms
  • Professor Emeritus in the Child Study Center; Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology

    Research Interests
    • Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Alzheimer Disease
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Fragile X Syndrome
    • Neuropharmacology
    • Neurosciences
    • Parkinson Disease
    • Psychiatry
    • Schizophrenia
    • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Non-Receptor
  • George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Yale Depression Research Program; Co-Director, Yale New Haven Hospital Interventional Psychiatry Service

    Research Interests
    • Amino Acids
    • Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
    • Mental Disorders
    • Nervous System Diseases
    • Drugs, Investigational
  • Irving B. Harris Professor Emeritus in the Child Study Center

    Research Interests
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Neuropsychology
    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Psychiatry and Psychology