Radiology Personnel

Natalia Kleinhans, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



Dr. Kleinhans received her B.A in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology specialty from the University of California, San Diego. She received the Rennick award from the International Neuropsychological Society in 2005 and the award for “best neurobiological dissertation” at the International Meeting for Autism Research in 2006 for her doctoral work on the relationship among neurofunctional abnormalities, biochemical alterations, and language dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders. She completed a clinical neuropsychology internship at Brown University prior to joining the Autism Center and Department of Radiology as a Senior Fellow in 2005, under Drs. Elizabeth Aylward and Geraldine Dawson. Her major interests continue to involve using multi-modal imaging technologies to investigate the neural basis of developmental disorders with a special focus on autism.

Recent Publications (via Semantic Scholar)

Identifying Age Based Maturation in the ERP Response to Faces in Children With Autism: Implications for Developing Biomarkers for Use in Clinical Trials
S. Webb, I. Emerman, C. Sugar, et al. - Published 2022 - FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY

Concomitant medication use in children with autism spectrum disorder: Data from the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials.
Logan Shurtz, C. Schwartz, C. DiStefano, et al. - Published 2022 - AUTISM

Link between mild traumatic brain injury, poor sleep, and MRI-visible perivascular spaces in Veterans.
J. Piantino, D. Schwartz, M. Luther, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF NEUROTRAUMA

Characterizing Social Functioning in School-Age Children with Sensory Processing Abnormalities.
T. S. John, A. Estes, K. Begay, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS

Quantitative Assessment of the Intracranial Vasculature of Infants and Adults Using iCafe (Intracranial Artery Feature Extraction)
Li Chen, D. Shaw, S. Dager, et al. - Published 2021 - FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY

Characterizing Olfactory Function in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction
Julia Sweigert, T. St John, K. Begay, et al. - Published 2020 - BRAIN SCIENCES

FMRI activation to cannabis odor cues is altered in individuals at risk for a cannabis use disorder
N. Kleinhans, Julia Sweigert, Matthew Blake, et al. - Published 2020 - BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR

Protection Versus Progress: The Challenge of Research on Cannabis Use During Pregnancy.
Katherine E. MacDuffie, N. Kleinhans, Kaeley Stout, et al. - Published 2020 - PEDIATRICS

A novel algorithm for refining cerebral vascular measurements in infants and adults
L. Chen, S. Dager, D. Shaw, et al. - Published 2020 - JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS

A multimodal investigation of cerebellar integrity associated with high‐risk cannabis use
Julia Sweigert, K. Pagulayan, Gabriella Greco, et al. - Published 2019 - ADDICTION BIOLOGY