Sara Jane Webb, PhD

Personal Statement

My research focuses on understanding the development of neural circuits that contributing to and underlie social development. Our lab uses a number of different tools: primarily electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs), but also eye tracking, cardiophysiology (EKG), neuroimaging, and behavioral measures to study how infants, children, and adults perceive, attend and learn about their social environment. Our projects also focus on the development and validation of biomarkers that may be used to understand the course of development and treatment response in children with disruption in social and communication function such as autism spectrum disorder, 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science, 2001
Clinical Electrophysiology, University of Washington, Center on Human Development & Disability, 2001-2004
PhD, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, 1996-2001
BA, Psychology, Yale University, 1992-1996

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Center on Child Health, Behavior, & Development

Recent Publications

Conduction velocity, G-ratio, and extracellular water as microstructural characteristics of autism spectrum disorder.
PLoS One 19(4): e0301964
Newman BT, Jacokes Z, Venkadesh S, Webb SJ, Kleinhans NM, McPartland JC, Druzgal TJ, Pelphrey KA, Van Horn JD, GENDAAR Research Consortium

Autistic Individuals Do Not Alter Visual Processing Strategy During Encoding Versus Recognition of Faces: A Hidden Markov Modeling Approach.
(2024 Mar 2)
J Autism Dev Disord
Griffin JW, Webb SJ, Keehn B, Dawson G, McPartland JC

Social motivation by self- and caregiver-report: Reporter concordance and social correlates among autistic and neurotypical youth.
(2024 Jan)
Autism Res 17(1): 55-65
Neuhaus E, Bernier RA, Webb SJ

Pubertal maturation and timing effects on resting state electroencephalography in autistic and comparison youth.
(2023 Nov)
Dev Psychobiol 65(7): e22415
Rea HM, Clawson A, Hudac CM, Santhosh M, Bernier RA, Earl RK, Pelphrey KA, Webb SJ, Neuhaus E, GENDAAR Consortium

EEG functional connectivity in infants at elevated familial likelihood for autism spectrum disorder.
(2023 Oct 7)
Mol Autism 14(1): 37
O'Reilly C, Huberty S, van Noordt S, Desjardins J, Wright N, Scorah J, Webb SJ, Elsabbagh M, BASIS team

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