Research Overview

My research interests and expertise include constructing and applying novel neuroimaging methods to understand brain development, with a focus on cognitive, neuropsychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders, i.e., disorders that affect wide-ranging networks in the brain.

Presently, I am focusing on three areas of investigation that I believe are critical to translating neuroimaging discoveries into effective treatments and interventions for problematic symptoms in autism spectrum disorders: 1) Improving handling of motion-containing MRI data from pediatric clinical populations, 2) Studying other accessible clinical populations with similar symptom burdens to neurodevelopmental disorders to help localize the neuroanatomical basis of specific symptoms in children, and 3) Generating and improving large-scale clinical databases of neurodevelopmental disorder patients with neuroimaging data for hypothesis testing.

About Alexander Cohen, MD, PhD

I am a physician-scientist specializing in translational neuroimaging dedicated to understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions. I earned my baccalaureate, medical, and graduate doctoral degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, where I became an expert in using functional neuroimaging to understand brain networks. Following my graduate education, I then went on to complete a combined residency in Pediatrics and Child Neurology at Mayo Clinic where I became interested in childhood conditions affecting cognition including neurodevelopmental disorders.

I came to Boston Children's Hospital in 2016 as a Behavioral Neurology fellow, seeing patients in the Autism Spectrum Center as well as in the Behavioral Neurology Clinic. I am also a Translational Post-Doctoral Neurodevelopment Fellow in the Computational Radiology Laboratory where my research program focuses on improving our ability to study patients with autism spectrum disorders as well as localize the cause of specific symptoms across neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Researcher Areas

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Network Architecture of Cognition
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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