Welcome to the UCLA SCAN Lab!
The SCAN lab uses multiple approaches (neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and behavioral assessments) to understand the mechanisms underlying atypical sensory processing across different clinical and high-risk groups. We are also testing potential interventions that can target these mechanisms. We hope that our research will provide insight into the development of more personalized and effective treatments to improve quality of life for individuals with sensory processing challenges. For a more detailed description of our current projects check out the research page!
Dr. Shulamite Green awarded Young Investigators Grant by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Dr. Shula Green was recently awarded the Young Investigators Grant by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). The BBRF awarded over $10.3 million in Young Investigators Grants to 150 of the world’s most promising young mental health scientist. The grants, awarded annually, support the work of early investigators with innovative ideas for groundbreaking neurobiological research seeking to identify causes, improve treatments, and develop prevention strategies for psychiatric disorders.
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2021 Conference
The SCAN lab is very excited to present our research at INSAR this May! Jiwon Jung, Kaitlin Cummings, and Sapna Ramappa will be presenting posters examining the physiological mechanisms of atypical sensory processing for youth with autism or anxiety disorders, the relationship between interoceptive awareness and sensory/social processing, and how sensory modulation behaviors relate to parent- and self- reports for youth with autism. Nana Okada and Dr. Emily Wood will also be giving talks at the conference. Congratulations!
Dr. Shulamite Green awarded the Slifka-Ritvo Innovation in Autism Research Award
The Alan B. Slifka Foundation supports innovative research on autism spectrum disorder that will lead to novel treatments and improvements in the quality of life of individuals with autism. Dr. Green's award will allow us to test the effects of a novel intervention on the biological mechanisms underlying sensory over-responsivity in children with autism.
SCAN Lab Graduates
Congratulations to the members of our team who are going to be starting graduate school! Nana Okada will be a student in the MD/PhD program at Harvard/MIT and Kaitlin Cummings will be a joining the Clinical Psychology program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill!
After careful and extensive review, we are excited to announce that our lab and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA has been approved to resume in-person visits! The steps we have taken to ensure COVID safety include meeting families outside, one participant at a time in our MRI suite, masking, ventilation, sanitizing, and minimizing indoor face to face time (no more than 15 minutes) between participants and research staff. Please check out our "How to Participate" page to learn more about the steps that we are taking to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID, or contact us to learn more!