Sara Jane Webb, PhD

Personal Statement

My research focuses on the use of electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), eye tracking, and behavioral measures to study how infants, children, and adults learn about their environment, and how that learning is impacted by developmental disruptions. My projects represent an effort to understand the neural circuits that contributing to and underlie atypical development, resulting in biomarkers that may be used to understand the course of development and treatment response in children.


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

Impact of autism genetic risk on brain connectivity: a mechanism for the female protective effect.
(2021 May 29)
Lawrence KE, Hernandez LM, Fuster E, Padgaonkar NT, Patterson G, Jung J, Okada NJ, Lowe JK, Hoekstra JN, Jack A, Aylward E, Gaab N, Van Horn JD, Bernier RA, McPartland JC, Webb SJ, Pelphrey KA, Green SA, Bookheimer SY, Geschwind DH, Dapretto M, GENDAAR Consortium .

A neurogenetic analysis of female autism.
(2021 Apr 16)
Jack A, Sullivan CAW, Aylward E, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Gaab N, Van Horn JD, Eilbott J, Jacokes Z, Torgerson CM, Bernier RA, Geschwind DH, McPartland JC, Nelson CA, Webb SJ, Pelphrey KA, Gupta AR, GENDAAR Consortium .

The gap between IQ and adaptive functioning in autism spectrum disorder: Disentangling diagnostic and sex differences.
(2021 Mar 15)
McQuaid GA, Pelphrey KA, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Webb SJ, Bernier RA, McPartland JC, Van Horn JD, Wallace GL

Do Biological Sex and Early Developmental Milestones Predict the Age of First Concerns and Eventual Diagnosis in Autism Spectrum Disorder?
(2021 Jan)
Autism Res 14(1): 156-168
Harrop C, Libsack E, Bernier R, Dapretto M, Jack A, McPartland JC, Van Horn JD, Webb SJ, Pelphrey K, GENDAAR Consortium.

Social Motivation Across Multiple Measures: Caregiver-Report of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2021 Feb)
Autism Res 14(2): 369-379
Neuhaus E, Bernier RA, Webb SJ

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