Benjamin Yerys, PhD
Associate Fellow

Research by Dr. Yerys focuses on the development of cognitive and neural mechanisms that support adaptive behavior in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Research by Dr. Yerys focuses on the development of cognitive and neural mechanisms that support adaptive behavior in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

This includes cognitive control, attention, and reward-based learning. His research seeks to understand how these mechanisms develop differently in neurodevelopmental disorders, how it relates to psychiatric symptoms, and one's daily functioning. He is also applying this knowledge to new treatments.

Among his notable career accomplishments, Dr. Yerys demonstrated that:

  • Co-occurring ADHD symptoms in children with ASD lead to more severe cognitive impairments and worse functioning in day-to-day life
  • Repetitive behaviors are related to impaired function of cognitive control at the behavior and brain level
  • The reward system contributes to both social and repetitive behavior symptoms in ASD

     

AB, Washington University (Psychology), 1998

MA, University of Denver (Clinical Psychology), 2003

PhD, University of Denver (Clinical Psychology), 2006

Fellowship, Children's National Medical Center (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), 2008

Director, Data and Statistical Core, Center for Autism Research

Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Psychology

International Society for Autism Research, 2007-

Society for Neuroscience, 2007-

Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2007-

Travel Fellowship, Carnegie Symposium on Cognition, 2008

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267-425-1173