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Kimberly Schauder

Kimberly Schauder

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2013-2014
Faculty Mentor(s): Loisa Bennetto

480 Meliora Hall
(585) 275-6160
Fax: (585) 273-1100


Research Overview

I am generally interested in how the brain processes sensory information in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and how that may map onto symptoms of the disorder. My master's thesis focused on visual perception in ASD and how the processing of low-level visual properties such as motion and contrast are impacted in ASD. Currently, I am applying visual psychophysics paradigms to the study of face processing in ASD.

Selected Publications


  • Schauder, K.*, Park, W.*, Tadin, D., Bennetto, L. (under review). Larger Receptive Field Size as a Mechanism Underlying Atypical Motion Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    *indicates that authors contributed equally to this manuscript
  • Mash, L., Schauder, K., Cochran, C., Park, S., & Cascio, C. (in press). Associations between interoceptive cognition and age in autism spectrum disorder and typical development. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology.
  • Schauder, K., & Bennetto, L. (2016). Toward an interdisciplinary understanding of sensory dysfunction in autism spectrum disorder: An integration of the neural and symptom literatures. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 268.
  • Cascio, C., Gu, C., Schauder, K., Key, S., & Yoder, P. (2015). Somatosensory event-related potentials and association with tactile behavioral responsiveness patterns in children with ASD. Brain Topography, 28(6), 895-903.
  • Schauder, K., Mash, L., Bryant, L., & Cascio, C. (2015). Interoceptive ability and body awareness in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 131, 193-200.
  • Schauder, K.*, Muller, C.*, Veenstra-VanderWeele, J., & Cascio, C. (2015). Genetic variation in serotonin transporter modulates tactile hyperresponsiveness in ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 10, 93-100.
    *indicates that authors contributed equally to this manuscript
  • Pryweller, J., Schauder, K., Anderson, A., Heacock, J., Foss-Feig, J., Newsom, C., Loring, W., & Cascio, C. (2014). White matter correlates of sensory processing in ASD. NeuroImage: Clinical, 6, 379-387.
  • Foss-Feig, J., Tadin, D., Schauder, K., Cascio, C. (2013). A Substantial and Unexpected Enhancement of Motion Perception in Autism. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(19), 8243-8249.
  • Cascio, C., Foss-Feig, J., Heacock, J., Schauder, K. Loring, W., Rogers, B., Pryweller, J., Newsom, C, Cockhren, J., Cao, A., & Bolton, S. (2013). Affective Neural Response to Restricted Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12147
  • Kazama, A., Schauder, K., McKinnon, M., Bachevalier, J., & Davis, M. (2013). A Novel AX+/BX- paradigm to Assess Fear Learning and Safety-Signal Processing with repeated measure designs. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 214(2), 177-183.


  • 2016-2017: T-32 Predoctoral Research Training Fellowship from NIH National Eye Institute (NEI), Center for Visual Sciences, University of Rochester
  • 2015-2016: Leadership and Education in Developmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship, University of Rochester
  • 2016: Student Travel Award for International Meeting for Autism Research, International Society for Autism Research

Additional Information

  • 2007-2011: Emory University, B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and B.A. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
  • 2011-2013: Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt University, Autism Sensory and Repetitive Behavior Research Lab