Carissa Cascio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


Carissa Cascio, Ph.D.

Contact Info

(615) 936-3598



2254 Village at Vanderbilt

Overview of Interests

Dr. Cascio's research program focuses on the neural basis of sensory processing differences in children and adults with autism. She uses a combination of sensory testing and neuroimaging to investigate how different kinds of sensory processing are disrupted in autism, and what role that disruption may play in the core features of autism such as decreased socialization, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors.


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  • Neural Networks for Attention to Internal and External Sensory Cues in ASD
  • Thalamocortical Pathways and Sensory Processing in Autism (Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant)
  • Treatment Strategies Based on Individualized Information Gathered from the Unique Behavioral, Cognitive, and Medical Characteristics of Each Child, Their Genetic Risk, and Their Life Experiences (Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant)