Center Director

Helen Tager-Flusberg
Director and Principal Investigator

Ph.D.  1978  Experimental Psychology, Harvard University

Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University
Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Pediatrics, BUSM


David Fox Photographer personal portraitAs the center director, I oversee all the main activities of our research programs.  I have long-standing interests in language and social-cognitive development in a number of different populations, especially autism, Williams syndrome, and developmental language disorders.  More recently, my research has explored the connections between brain structure and function and cognitive/behavioral impairments in people with these disorders at different ages, from infancy through young adulthood.  My work is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.  I have edited several books, published many articles and chapters, and serve on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.  I served as the President for the International Society for Autism Research  from 2011 to 2013. I regularly present my research at professional conferences, government meetings, parent advocacy groups, and training institutes both in the United States and around the world.

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