• I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Alabama with speciality training in pediatric neuropsychology. My clinical and research work focuses on autism spectrum disorders, related rare genetic disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. I am Director of the Civitan Autism and Neurodevelopment Research (CANDR) Core and Clinic through the Civitan International Research Center. I also provide clinical diagnostic services for young children with suspected autism through the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics clinic at Children’s of Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Effects of Metformin on Spatial and Verbal Memory in Children with ASD and Overweight Associated with Atypical Antipsychotic UseJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.  28:266-273. 2018
    2018 Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome: A Review of Current Literature, Clinical Approach, and 23-Patient Case SeriesJournal of Child Neurology.  33:233-244. 2018
    2018 Developmental sequelae and neurophysiologic substrates of sensory seeking in infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorderDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience.  29:41-53. 2018
    2017 A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Metformin for the Treatment of Overweight Induced by Antipsychotic Medication in Young People With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Open-Label ExtensionJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  56:849-856.e6. 2017
    2016 Metformin for treatment of overweight induced by atypical antipsychotic medication in young people with autism spectrum disorder: A randomized clinical trialJAMA Psychiatry.  73:928-937. 2016
    2016 Early Predictors of Growth in Diversity of Key Consonants Used in Communication in Initially Preverbal Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  46:1013-1024. 2016
    2016 Improvement in Social Competence Using a Randomized Trial of a Theatre Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  46:658-672. 2016
    2014 Examining the relationship between face processing and social interaction behavior in children with and without autism spectrum disorderJournal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  6. 2014
    2014 Affective neural response to restricted interests in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  55:162-171. 2014
    2014 Improvement in social deficits in autism spectrum disorders using a theatre-based, peer-mediated intervention 2014
    2014 Biobehavioral profiles of arousal and social motivation in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  55:924-934. 2014
    2014 White matter correlates of sensory processing in autism spectrum disordersNeuroImage: Clinical.  6:379-387. 2014
    2013 Brief report: Service implementation and maternal distress surrounding evaluation recommendations for young children diagnosed with autism 2013
    2012 Parenting adults with ASD: lessons for researchers and cliniciansNarrative Inquiry in Bioethics.  2:199-205. 2012
    2012 Neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes of younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder at age fiveJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  42:409-418. 2012
    2012 Response of neural reward regions to food cues in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  4:1-11. 2012
    2003 Changes in adolescent response patterns on the MMPI/MMPI-A across four decadesJournal of Personality Assessment.  81:74-84. 2003
    2000 Psychological test usage with adolescent clients: Survey updateAssessment.  7:227-235. 2000

    Research Overview

  • My research efforts are focused on the development of a translational research core that will unify and spur new research and clinical efforts in neurodevelopmental disabilities across the institution. To this end, I am developing a flexible, accessible, and up to date research database with a well phenotyped and genotyped sample of participants with Autism Spectrum Disorders, related genetic disorders and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Participants are being characterized by highly specialized clinicians and researchers utilizing gold standard tools and measures as well as through biological sampling (blood and stool) and genetic sequencing. The immediate goals of the repository and registry are to encourage innovative interdisciplinary research projects, increase opportunities for extramural funding, support recruitment efforts, and facilitate the phenotyping of participants. The long-term goals of the repository are to identify subgroups of ASD/NDD, develop targeted interventions based on underlying mechanisms or etiology, and to elucidate biomarkers and other measures of diagnosis, severity, and response to intervention. I am also interested in examining predictors long term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high risk infants
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    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Old Dominion University 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Mississippi State University 1995
  • Full Name

  • Cassandra Newsom