School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Development of Social Cognition Lab

RESEARCH TEAM

Dr. Sasson is the Director of the Development of Social Cognition Research Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Dr. Sasson joined UTD in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Prior to joining the UTD faculty, he held post-doctoral research fellowships at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center at UNC, the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Sasson’s research investigates the mechanisms that contribute to social dysfunction. In particular, Dr. Sasson is interested in better understanding the developmental factors that underlie the social abnormalities found in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Phone: 972-883-2541
Email: [email protected]

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Noah Sasson


Kerrianne is a 4th year doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program at UT Dallas. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with her BS in Psychology. Her research interests include the social cognitive and social skills abilities of adults with ASD and schizophrenia. Kerrianne is currently working on her dissertation examining real-time social interactions of adults with ASD.

Kerrianne Morrison


Malina Maharana is currently an undergraduate sophomore at UT Dallas, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology. She aspires to go into either Psychiatry or Pediatric Surgery, and is planning on going to medical school after graduating with her BS degree. Her research interests include how people and society perceive those with personality and mood disorders. Malina joined the Development of Social Cognition Lab to understand and learn more about those with ASD.

Malina Maharana


Sindhu Senthilkumar is a junior at UT Dallas and is double-majoring in Healthcare Management and Biology. After graduating, she hopes to go to medical school and pursue her dream of a becoming a physician. She is working in the Development of Social Cognition Lab to learn more about how ASD affects individuals as they navigate through society.

Sindhu Senthilkumar


Stephen Raveneau, a senior Psychology major, plans to continue his academic studies at UT Dallas, pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, with an emphasis on experimental psychology and research. Stephen is a classically trained cellist who loves to sing and play piano. This avid chess player attended UT Dallas on a full chess scholarship and is a chess instructor as well as a certified USCF chess tournament director. Stephen is also a passionate sports enthusiast who loves to play basketball and has competed nationally in track.

Stephen Raveneau


Kilee is a first year doctoral student in the Cognition and Neuroscience program. She recently graduated from Alma College in Michigan, where she studied Psychology and Chemistry. Outside of school, Kilee enjoys running, spending time with her family, and traveling — her favorite adventures so far have been London, Hawaii, and India. In terms of research, she hopes to focus on studying ASD in children.

Kilee DeBrabander


Isabel Magaña is currently an undergraduate sophomore at UT Dallas, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. After graduating she plans to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school and becoming a neurosurgeon or neurologist. Isabel joined the Development of Social Cognition in order to develop a better understanding of ASD and how this affects different aspects of their life.

Isabel Magana


David is a student in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Master’s program at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has experience working as a therapist for individuals with ASD and continues to work with families. David is an advisor for Yachad, an international organization for individuals with disabilities, and serves on the JFS Special Needs Partnership Board.

David Rachman


Hulon is currently a sophomore, majoring in both Math and Cognitive Science. He is also grateful to be at UT Dallas on a scholarship from the Terry Foundation. He wants to research how academic, social, and emotional information connect, and how people process this information. In working with the DSC lab, he is looking forward to learning more about how people with ASD and SCZ process social information.

Hulon Sherard


If you are interested in joining the research team of the Development of Social Cognition Lab, please complete this form and return it to Dr. Noah Sasson’s office at GR 4.813.

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