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).