School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Development of Social Cognition Lab


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 3rd 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 Morrison

Lacey is a 2nd year master’s student in the Business Analytics Program. She graduated with a BS in Psychology and a MS in Psychological Sciences from UT Dallas. She is currently working with Dr. Sasson on a project to study the hobbies and interests of college students with different personality traits. She is interested in studying the development and persistence of stigma and bias in social interactions.

Lacey Chambers

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 sophomore 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

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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