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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Research Team


Noah Sasson

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).


Telephone: 972.883.2541



Daniel Faso

Daniel graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently is a second year PhD student in the Psychological Sciences program. He is researching emotional expressivity in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its effect on social dynamics.










Hsin-Fen Yang

Hsin-Fen is a second year masters student in the Psychological Science program. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from National Chung Cheng University in June, 2006. Hsin-Fen is currently working with Dr. Sasson on investigating self-perception and meta-perception among adults with ASD. Her future goal is to work as a researcher and clinician in the field of clinical psychology.








Claire Noonan

Claire is currently a first-year student in the masters in Psychological Sciences program. She has worked as an ABA therapist with children on the spectrum, and plans on pursuing either a clinical or academic career in communication disorders. Her research interests lie in developmental disorders.









Jon Shasteen

Jon is a third year double major in Psychology and Child Learning and Development with a minor in Music. His primary research interest is social cognition in children with ASD and adults with schizophrenia. He currently is conducting a study on visual patterns associated with threat detection. Jon plans on pursing a PhD in clinical psychology.









Lauren Weittenhiller

Lauren is a junior at UT Dallas. After completing her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Child Development, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Ultimately, she would like to practice therapy in a state hospital while conducting schizophrenia research.










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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