Dr. Tavassoli is currently a Lecturer at the University of Reading. She holds a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Hospital, at the Seaver Autism Center (where she was also hired as an Instructor). Her research is dedicated to deepening our understanding of sensory reactivity in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its variation across the entire population. My goal is first to identify the most robust and objective ways to measure sensory reactivity, a new DSM-5 criterion, in children and adults with ASD, which can be used to guide diagnosis, guide sensory-based treatments and test treatment effects. My second goal is to elucidate underlying neural and genetic mechanisms of abnormal sensory reactivity in children with and without ASD. Last, my goal is to identify links between sensory reactivity and mental health issues in autism more generally.
For more info see: https://www.reading.ac.uk/Psychology/About/staff/t-tavassoli.aspx