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Kimberly Schauder

Kimberly Schauder

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


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. My dissertation utilized an eye tracking paradigm to the study the initial moment of face processing in ASD.

Selected Publications

* indicates that authors contributed equally to this manuscript

  • Schauder, K., Park, W., Tsank, Y., Eckstein, M., Tadin, D., & Bennetto, L. (under review). Initial eye gaze to faces and their functional consequence on face identification abilities in autism spectrum disorder.
  • Park, W., Schauder, K.*, Kwon, O, Bennetto, L., & Tadin, D. (under review). Atypical motion predition abilities in autism spectrum disorder.
  • Park, W., Schauder, K., & Tadin, D. (2018). Pupillometry: Consciousness reflected in the eyes. eLife, 7, e35374.
  • Park, W.*, Schauder, K.*, Zhang, R., Bennetto, L. & Tadin, D. (2017). High internal noise and poor external noise filtering characterize perception in autism spectrum disorder. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 17584.
  • Foss-Feig, J. H., Schauder, K., Key, A. P., Wallace, M. T., & Stone, W. L. (2017). Audition-specific temporal processing deficits associated with language function in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(11), 1845-1856.
  • Failla, M. D, Peters, B. R., Karbasforoushan, H., Foss-Feig, J. H., Schauder, K., Heflin, B. H., & Cascio, C. J. (2017). Intra-insular connectivity and somatosensory responsiveness in young children with ASD. Molecular Autism, 8(1), 25.
  • Schauder, K.*, Park, W.*, Tadin, D., & Bennetto, L. (2017). Larger Receptive Field Size as a Mechanism Underlying Atypical Motion Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(5), 827-842.
  • Mash, L., Schauder, K., Cochran, C., Park, S., & Cascio, C. (2017). Associations between interoceptive cognition and age in autism spectrum disorder and typical development. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 16, 23-37.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Instructor: Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy (Summer, 2017), CSP, University of Rochester


  • 2018-2019: Leadership and Education in Developmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship Civitan-Sparks Clinics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2016-2018: T-32 Predoctoral Research Training Fellowship from NIH National Eye Institute (NEI), Center for Visual Sciences, University of Rochester
  • 2017: Alfred Baldwin Award for Excellence in Research, Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester
  • 2015-2016: Leadership and Education in Developmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship, University of Rochester

Additional Information

  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Medical Center
  • 2018-2019: Clinical Psychology Intern at University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2011-2013: Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt University, Autism Sensory and Repetitive Behavior Research Lab
  • 2007-2011: Emory University, B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and B.A. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude