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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 is a 5th year PhD (ABD) student in the Psychological Science program at UT Dallas. Daniel joined the Development of Social Cognition Research Lab in 2011 after completing his BA in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014, Daniel received a MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from UT Dallas and is expected to complete his doctorate in May of 2016. His dissertation research focuses on factors that influence how people perceive individuals diagnosed with ASD, partially expanding on his findings from his thesis research, which explored perceptions of facial emotional expressions produced by adults with ASD.







Kerrianne Morrison

Kerrianne is a 2nd 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.










Lacey Chambers

Lacey is a 2nd year master’s student in the Psychological Sciences program . She graduated with a BS in Psychology 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.









Ben Eule

Ben graduated with a BA in Historical Studies at UT Dallas and is currently completing a BS in Psychology. Ben plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology upon completion of his BS. He is currently engaged in research involving ASD within the realm of social communication. Ben’s interests also include the interplay between research and novel clinical interventions in the treatment of personality, anxiety, and mood disorders.








Ajay Somaraju

Ajay is a junior at UT Dallas majoring in Psychology. He is interested in social cognition research and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology when he graduates.











Claire Douglas

Claire is an undergrad at UT Dallas and is double-majoring in Psychology and Child Development. After she graduates with her BS in May, she wants to pursue a graduate degree in counseling psychology. She is interested in working in intervention and counseling programs for children with ASD. She also wants to offer counseling services to parents and families as they learn about ASD and their child’s specific needs. She is working in the Development of Social Cognition Research Lab to learn more about research involving ASD individuals.








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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