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

See all publications on Scopus

FMRI correlates of olfactory processing in typically-developing school-aged children
Kleinhans N., Reilly M., Blake M., Greco G., Sweigert J., Davis G., Velasquez F., Reitz F., Shusterman D., Dager S.
Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging. 2019 Jan:67-76

Effect of blast-related mTBI on the working memory system: a resting state fMRI study
Kleinhans N.
Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2018 Jan

Neural correlates of emotional inhibitory control in autism spectrum disorders
Velasquez F., Qin X., Reilly M., Neuhaus E., Estes A., Aylward E., Kleinhans N.
Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2017 May:64-77

Basal ganglia impairments in autism spectrum disorder are related to abnormal signal gating to prefrontal cortex
Prat C., Stocco A., Neuhaus E., Kleinhans N.
Neuropsychologia. 2016 Oct:268-281

Subregional differences in intrinsic amygdala hyperconnectivity and hypoconnectivity in autism spectrum disorder
Kleinhans N., Reiter M., Neuhaus E., Pauley G., Martin N., Dager S., Estes A.
Autism Research. 2016 Jul:760-772

Alterations in Connectivity on Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Provocation of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A MAPP Research Network Feasibility Study of Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes
Kleinhans N., Yang C., Strachan E., Buchwald D., Maravilla K.
Journal of Urology. 2016 Jan:639-645

Altered Dynamics of the fMRI Response to Faces in Individuals with Autism
Kleinhans N., Richards T., Greenson J., Dawson G., Aylward E.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2016 Jan:232-241

Posterior Cingulate Lactate as a Metabolic Biomarker in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
Weaver K., Richards T., Logsdon R., McGough E., Minoshima S., Aylward E., Kleinhans N., Grabowski T., McCurry S., Teri L.
BioMed Research International. 2015 Jan

Age-related abnormalities in white matter microstructure in autism spectrum disorders
Kleinhans N., Pauley G., Richards T., Neuhaus E., Martin N., Corrigan N., Shaw D., Estes A., Dager S.
Brain Research. 2012 Oct:1-16

Acquired differences in brain responses among monozygotic twins discordant for restrained eating
Schur E., Kleinhans N., Goldberg J., Buchwald D., Polivy J., Del Parigi A., Maravilla K.
Physiology and Behavior. 2012 Jan:560-567