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Katherine Stavropoulos


Katherine Stavropoulos

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Graduate School of Education
2128 Sproul Hall
951-827-5238
katherine.stavropoulos@ucr.edu

Research Areas

My research interests include understanding neural correlates of the reward system in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as broader topics in social cognitive neuroscience. I am particularly interested in the heterogeneity observed in individuals with ASD, and how these differences can be explained using neuroscience techniques. 

Degrees

  • B.A, Psychology, Trinity College, 2009
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2014
  • Postdoctoral, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, 2016

Biography

Katherine Stavropoulos completed her Postdoctoral work at the Yale Child Study Center with Dr. James McPartland. Dr. Stavropoulos received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from University of California, San Diego, and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity College. Dr. Stavropoulos’ doctoral dissertation explored neural correlates of reward anticipation to social versus nonsocial stimuli in children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As an assistant professor Dr. Stavropoulos will conduct translational studies to continue exploring the reward system in ASD, as well as how anxiety contributes to social deficits in ASD. She plans to investigate school-based interventions for children with ASD, and how those interventions affect neural activity, behavior, and school performance. She is also involved in diagnosis of children with ASD and is pursuing clinical licensure. 

Current Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M., & Carver, L. J. (2013). Social Motivation and oxytocin in autism: Implications for joint attention development and intervention. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12061.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K.M., & Caver, L. J. (2013). Reward response to faces versus objects: an ERP study. Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nst149.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., & Carver, L.J. (2014). Reward anticipation and processing of social versus nonsocial stimuli in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.doi:10.1111/jcpp.12270.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Carver, L.J. (2014). Effect of Familiarity on Reward Anticipation in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders. PLoS ONE, 9:e106667. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106667.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Viktorinova, M., Naples, A., Foss-Feig, J., & McPartland, J. (submitted). Autistic traits modulate conscious and nonconscious face perception.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Carver, L.J. (submitted). Human-made sounds elicit shifts in attention: an ERP study.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Naples, A., & McPartland, J. (in preparation). The stimulus preceding negativity is modulated by autistic traits and conscious perception.

Peer-Reviewed Academic Presentations
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M. & McPartland, J. (2016). Autistic traits and affective images modulate activation of the reward system. Given at Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, OR.

  • K. Deckert, J.H. Foss-Feig, A. Naples, E.J Levy, K.K. Stavropoulos, M. Rolison, L. Mohamed, C. Schleifer, N. Santamauro, A. Anticevic, V. Srihari, J. McPartland (2016). Neural correlates of emotion processing during simulated social interactions in adults with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Given at International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M. (2014). Reward Anticipation and Processing of Social Versus Nonsocial Stimuli in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders. Given at International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, GA.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M. (2014). Social Reward Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Given at American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.C Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations
  • J.H. Foss-Feig, K.M. Stavropoulos, E.L. Isenstein, J.C. McPartland, M.T. Wallace, A.F. Key (2016). Electrophysiological markers of atypical auditory temporal processing associated with symptom severity in autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

  • Z. J. Williams, M. Rolison, K.K. Stavropoulos, J.H. Foss-Feig, S.M. Malak, A. Naples, J. McPartland. (2016). Pivotal Response Treatment Increases Neural Processing Efficiency of Faces in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

  • J.H. Foss-Feig, A. Naples, K. Deckert, E.J Levy, K.K. Stavropoulos, M. Rolison, N. Santauro, U. Kosir, C. Schleifer, V. Srihari, A. Anticevic, J. McPartland (2016). Dissociating social functioning in ASD and Schizophrenia using clinical assessment and neural response to gaze cues. Poster presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

  • A. Naples, M. Rolison, J.H. Foss-Feig, K.K. Stavropoulos, T. Winkelman, J. McPartland. (2016). Attention and Brain Response during Simulated Social Interactions in ASD. Poster presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

  • C. Chuang, M. Rolison, J.F. Yang, E.D. Brooks, P. Hashim, R. Travieso, J. Turner, K.K. Stavropoulos, D.M Steinbacher, N. Landi, L.C. Mayes, J.A. Persing, J. McPartland. (2016). Specificity of Atypical Neural Response to Language in Infants at Risk for ASD. Poster presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Viktorinova, M., Naples, A., & McPartland, J. (2015). Conscious and non-conscious emotional processing and level of autistic traits. Poster to be presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Carver, L. J. (2015). Effect of familiarity on reward anticipation in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Poster to be presented at International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Law, K., Naples, A., Levy, E., Reuman, H., Tillman, R., Stavropoulos, K., Williams, Z., Czemerinski, D., & McPartland, J. (2015, May). Neural Response to Interactive Faces is Associated with Clinical Characteristics in ASD and Typical Development. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Reuman, H., Tillman, R., Kim, T., Levy, E., Law, K., Naples, A., Stavropoulos, K., Foss-Feig, J., Kim, S.H., Simmons, E., Powell, K., Macari, S., Shic, F., Chawarska, K., & McPartland, J. (2015, May). Perception of (Stavropoulos, Katherine Kuhl-Meltzoff): biological motion and integration of audio-visual stimuli in infants at risk for autism. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Yang, J.F., Reuman, H.S., Brooks, E.D., Hashim, P.W., Travieso, R., Levy, E.J., Law, K., Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Steinbacher, D.M., Landi, N., Mayes, L.C., Persing, J.A., & McPartland, J. (2015, May). Specificity of Atypical Neural Development for Language in Infants at Risk for ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Stavropoulos, K.K.M., Carver, L. J. (2015). Effect of familiarity on reward anticipation in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Poster to be presented at Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M., Carver, L. J. (2013). Reward sensitivity to faces versus objects in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M., Carver, L. J. (2013). Reward sensitivity to faces versus objects in children: an SPN study. Poster presented at Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M., Carver, L. J., & Polich, J. (2012). Social and Nonsocial sounds as determinants of P300. Poster presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Stavropoulos, K. K. M., & Carver, L. J. (2012). Brain and Behavioral measures of social orienting in infants. Poster presented at international conference on infant studies, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Meltzoff, K. K., Carver, L. J., & Polich, J. (2011). Adult P300 to Auditory Social and Nonsocial Stimuli. Presented at Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, MA.

Research Support
  • Autism Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship (2014-2015)
  • Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014)
 
 

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942
E-mail: robert.wolfer@ucr.edu
 
 

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