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Dominic Trevisan, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

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Dominic Trevisan, PhD

Research Summary

My primary research spans basic and applied sciences, ranging from emotion processing and nonverbal communication in individuals with autism, to how to support the unique needs of adults with autism in postsecondary and vocational settings. Some of my recent research endeavors have explored:

  • How alexithymia may impact verbal and nonverbal emotional expression (e.g., facial expression production) in children with and without autism.
  • The subjective experiences of eye contact difficulties in adults and teens with autism.
  • The psychometric properties of questionnaires that examine social competence.
  • How emotion recognition abilities impact everyday social functioning in autism.
  • Interpersonal movement coordination in children with autism.
  • How autistic traits impact social, emotional, and academic adjustment to university.
  • Evaluation of a mentorship program for undergraduates with autism.

My secondary research examines how instructors can capitalize on findings from applied cognitive science to optimize instructional strategies.

My diverse research agendas have lead me to utilize a variety of methodologies related to facial expression analysis, eye-tracking, face perception, meta-analysis, survey methods, and qualitative methods. I also have a strong foundation in principles of Testing & Measurement (e.g., scale design, validity/reliability analysis, confirmatory factor analysis).

Selected Publications:

Trevisan, D. A., Hoskyn, M., & Birmingham, E. (2018). Facial Expression Production in Autism: A Meta‐Analysis. Autism Research.

Trevisan, D. A., Roberts, N., Lin, C., & Birmingham, E. (2017). How do adults and teens with self-declared Autism Spectrum Disorder experience eye contact? A qualitative analysis of first-hand accounts. PloS one, 12(11), e0188446

Adesope, O. O., Trevisan, D. A., & Sundararajan, N. (2017). Rethinking the use of tests: A meta-analysis of practice testing. Review of Educational Research, 87(3), 659-701.

Trevisan, D. A., Bowering, M., & Birmingham, E. (2016). Alexithymia, but not autism spectrum disorder, may be related to the production of emotional facial expressions. Molecular autism, 7(1), 46.

Trevisan, D. A., & Birmingham, E. (2016). Are emotion recognition abilities related to everyday social functioning in ASD? A meta-analysis. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32, 24-42.

Trevisan, D., & Birmingham, E. (2016). Examining the relationship between autistic traits and college adjustment. Autism, 20(6), 719-729.

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