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

Development of Social Cognition Lab


Lab Director

Dr. Sasson is the Director of the Development of Social Cognition Research Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Dr. Sasson joined UT Dallas 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 UT Dallas 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

Doctoral Students

Kerrianne is a 5th year PhD student in the psychological sciences PhD 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

Kilee is a second-year PhD student in the cognition and neuroscience PhD program. She graduated from Alma College in Michigan in 2017, where she studied psychology and chemistry. Her research interests include metacognition and social cognition in adults with ASD.

Kilee DeBrabander

Graduate Students

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

Undergraduate Students

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

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 Lab in order to develop a better understanding of ASD and how this affects different aspects of their life.

Isabel Magana

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

Danny Dunn moved from Massachusetts to Texas to study psychology, and one day hopes to go to grad school here as well. After that, Danny would love to get a PhD and use that to work with disabled individuals to help them cope with the difficult experiences that come along with having a disability.

Danny Dunn

My name is Priya Vanparia and I am currently a sophomore majoring in both speech-language pathology and audiology as well as child development. I have always had an interest in working with and learning more about those with Autism, as my brother was diagnosed with ASD around the age of two. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career as a certified speech-language pathologist with a focus on children and adults with ASD. I hope to also establish my own practice with unique remedial techniques. I joined the Development of Social Cognition Lab in order to develop a better understanding of how certain social abilities develop in individuals with ASD.

Priya Vanparia

Mattie G. Watts is currently a junior majoring in biology and minoring in child learning and development. After graduating, I plan to attend Medical School in pursuit of becoming either a Pediatric Surgeon or Emergency Medicine Physician. I joined the Development of Social Cognition Lab to better understand the developmental factors of social abnormalities so that I can use my knowledge and experience to contribute in the cohesive combining of two different social environments, those with social abnormalities and those without.

Mattie Watts

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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