Robert M. Joseph, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. I completed postdoctoral training in developmental neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
In graduate school, I trained in child clinical psychology and neuropsychology and also in developmental and experimental psychology. Since completing my post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology, I’ve worked primarily in neurobehavioral and neurocognitive research, with a primary focus on childhood autism. I have served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous NIH research projects that have investigated the neurocognitive bases of autism spectrum disorder. In my recent research, I have used multi-modal methods, including computerized behavioral tests, eye tracking, psychophysiological measures, and functional magnetic neuroimaging, to examine atypicalities in social attention and perception in children and young adults with autism. I have authored numerous peer-reviewed articles reporting the results of this research as well as research studies on typically developing children. I have been a faculty member of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology since 2001. I have also been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1997.
My clinical interests are mostly related to the diagnosis and assessment of autism spectrum conditions. These include early diagnosis of children at risk for autism; diagnosis and assessment of nonverbal individuals with autism; differential diagnosis of autism and related neurobehavioral disorders; and behavioral therapies that enhance adaptive social and occupational functioning in adolescents and adults with autism. More generally, I am interested in assessment and remediation of all childhood social, emotional, and behavioral disorders as well in neuropsychological testing and educational remediation for children with learning difficulties.
In the MHCBM Program, I teach two required courses: Human Growth and Development (GMS MH-708) Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals (GMS MH709)
In the Graduate Medical Sciences include Autism; Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives (GMS AN-713) Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (GMS AN-716) Experimental Design and Statistical Methods (GMS AN-704) Elementary Biostatistics for the Biomedical Sciences (GMS MS-700)