Kevin A. Pelphrey, Ph.D.[Edit Page]

Director, Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, GWU

Ph. D., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, Autism, Social Perception, Social Cognition, Face Perception, Theory-of-Mind, Intentionality, Development of Working Memory and Executive Function, fMRI.

Recent Representative Publications


Pelphrey KA, Mack PB, Song AW, Guzeldere G & McCarthy G (2003). Faces evoke spatially differentiated patterns of BOLD activation and deactivation. NeuroReport. 14(7): 955-9.

Pelphrey KA, Singerman JD, Allison T & McCarthy G (2003). Brain Activation Evoked by Perception of Gaze Shifts; The Influence of Context. Neuropsychologia. 41(2): 156-170.


Cody H, Pelphrey KA & Piven J (2002). Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 20(3-5): 421-438.


Pelphrey KA & Reznick JS (2002). Working memory in infancy. Advances in Child Development and Behavior. 31: 173-227.


Pelphrey KA, Sasson NJ, Reznick JS, Paul G, Goldman BN & Piven J (2002). Visual scanning of faces in adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 32(4): 249-261.


Pelphrey KA & Reznick JS (2001). Clothing a model of embodied cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 24: 59-60.


Ornstein PA, Manning EL & Pelphrey KA (1999). Children's memory for pain. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 20(4): 262-277.

Research Statement

I am interested in using functional neuroimaging techniques (particularly fMRI) to study brain mechanisms underlying cognitive development and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.