Shulamite Abra Green

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles

310-983-3667

Dr. Shulamite Green is an Assistant Professor in Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Green is also a licensed clinical psychologist and works as the autism specialist for UCLA's TIES for Families program for families adopting children from foster care. Dr. Green's research integrates neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and behavioral methods to identify individual differences in risk markers and outcomes in high-risk developmental populations. Her research has mainly focused on autism, from infancy through young adulthood, although she also studies other populations at risk for sensory processing difficulties including children with anxiety disorders and children with early life trauma. Her research has been widely funded through both NIH and private foundations. Broadly, research goals include 1) identify the neurobiological and physiological mechanisms underlying sensory processing difficulties; 2) determine whether these mechanisms are shared or distinct across risk groups; 3) examine how sensory processing affects higher-level cognition such as attention, social functioning, and executive functioning; and 4) use this information to inform identification and treatment of children at high risk for sensory processing difficulties. Dr. Green's current work has begun to test potential interventions for sensory over-responsivity including psychopharmacological, behavioral, and neuromodulation approaches. Dr. Green also collaborates with animal researchers through the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) to identify cross-species neural mechanisms of sensory over-responsivity.

Interests

brain development, early life stress, clinical psychology, fMRI, autism, sensory processing

Education and Training

Children's Hospital, Los AngelesClinical Internship
University of California, Los AngelesPhDClinical Psychology

Publications

  1. Cakar ME, Okada NJ, Cummings KK, Jung J, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Green SA. Functional connectivity of the sensorimotor cerebellum in autism: associations with sensory over-responsivity.. Frontiers in psychiatry, 2024.
  2. Cummings KK, Jung J, Zbozinek TD, Wilhelm FH, Dapretto M, Craske MG, Bookheimer SY, Green SA. Shared and distinct biological mechanisms for anxiety and sensory over-responsivity in youth with autism versus anxiety disorders.. Journal of neuroscience research, 2023.
  3. Cakar ME, Cummings KK, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Green SA. Age-related changes in neural responses to sensory stimulation in autism: a cross-sectional study.. Molecular autism, 2023.
  4. Williams ZJ, Schaaf R, Ausderau KK, Baranek GT, Barrett DJ, Cascio CJ, Dumont RL, Eyoh EE, Failla MD, Feldman JI, Foss-Feig JH, Green HL, Green SA, He JL, Kaplan-Kahn EA, Keçeli-Kaysili B, MacLennan K, Mailloux Z, Marco EJ, Mash LE, McKernan EP, Molholm S, Mostofsky SH, Puts NAJ, Robertson CE, Russo N, Shea N, Sideris J, Sutcliffe JS, Tavassoli T, Wallace MT, Wodka EL, Woynaroski TG. Examining the latent structure and correlates of sensory reactivity in autism: a multi-site integrative data analysis by the autism sensory research consortium.. Molecular autism, 2023.
  5. Wagner L, Banchik M, Okada NJ, McDonald N, Jeste SS, Bookheimer SY, Green SA, Dapretto M. Associations between thalamocortical functional connectivity and sensory over-responsivity in infants at high likelihood for ASD.. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2023.
  6. Williams ZJ, Schaaf R, Ausderau KK, Baranek GT, Barrett DJ, Cascio CJ, Dumont RL, Eyoh EE, Failla MD, Feldman JI, Foss-Feig JH, Green HL, Green SA, He JL, Kaplan-Kahn EA, Keçeli-Kaysili B, MacLennan K, Mailloux Z, Marco EJ, Mash LE, McKernan EP, Molholm S, Mostofsky SH, Puts NAJ, Robertson CE, Russo N, Shea N, Sideris J, Sutcliffe JS, Tavassoli T, Wallace MT, Wodka EL, Woynaroski TG. Examining the Latent Structure and Correlates of Sensory Reactivity in Autism: A Multi-site Integrative Data Analysis by the Autism Sensory Research Consortium.. Research square, 2023.
  7. Méndez Leal AS, Alba LA, Cummings KK, Jung J, Waizman YH, Guassi Moreira JF, Saragosa-Harris NM, Ninova E, Waterman JM, Langley AK, Tottenham N, Silvers JA, Green SA. Sensory processing challenges as a novel link between early caregiving experiences and mental health.. Development and psychopathology, 2022.
  8. Ramappa S, Anderson A, Jung J, Chu R, Cummings KK, Patterson G, Okada NJ, Green SA. An Observed Assessment of Sensory Responsivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Associations with Diagnosis, Age, and Parent Report.. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2022.
  9. Waisman TC, Alba LA, Green SA. Barriers to Inclusive Learning for Autistic Individuals.. Pediatrics, 2022.
  10. 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. Impact of autism genetic risk on brain connectivity: a mechanism for the female protective effect.. Brain : a journal of neurology, 2022.
  11. Okada NJ, Liu J, Tsang T, Nosco E, McDonald NM, Cummings KK, Jung J, Patterson G, Bookheimer SY, Green SA, Jeste SS, Dapretto M. Atypical cerebellar functional connectivity at 9 months of age predicts delayed socio-communicative profiles in infants at high and low risk for autism.. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 2021.
  12. Patterson G, Cummings KK, Jung J, Okada NJ, Tottenham N, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Green SA. Effects of sensory distraction and salience priming on emotion identification in autism: an fMRI study.. Journal of neurodevelopmental disorders, 2021.
  13. Jung J, Zbozinek TD, Cummings KK, Wilhelm FH, Dapretto M, Craske MG, Bookheimer SY, Green SA. Associations between physiological and neural measures of sensory reactivity in youth with autism.. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 2021.
  14. Wood ET, Cummings KK, Jung J, Patterson G, Okada N, Guo J, O'Neill J, Dapretto M, Bookheimer SY, Green SA. Sensory over-responsivity is related to GABAergic inhibition in thalamocortical circuits.. Translational psychiatry, 2021.
  15. Cummings KK, Lawrence KE, Hernandez LM, Wood ET, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, Green SA. Sex Differences in Salience Network Connectivity and its Relationship to Sensory Over-Responsivity in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 2020.
  16. Lawrence KE, Hernandez LM, Bowman HC, Padgaonkar NT, Fuster E, Jack A, Aylward E, Gaab N, Van Horn JD, Bernier RA, Geschwind DH, McPartland JC, Nelson CA, Webb SJ, Pelphrey KA, Green SA, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, GENDAAR Consortium. Sex Differences in Functional Connectivity of the Salience, Default Mode, and Central Executive Networks in Youth with ASD.. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2020.
  17. Hernandez LM, Green SA, Lawrence KE, Inada M, Liu J, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M. Social Attention in Autism: Neural Sensitivity to Speech Over Background Noise Predicts Encoding of Social Information.. Frontiers in psychiatry, 2020.
  18. Hernandez LM, Lawrence KE, Padgaonkar NT, Inada M, Hoekstra JN, Lowe JK, Eilbott J, Jack A, Aylward E, Gaab N, Van Horn JD, Bernier RA, McPartland JC, Webb SJ, Pelphrey KA, Green SA, Geschwind DH, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M, GENDAAR Consortium. Imaging-genetics of sex differences in ASD: distinct effects of OXTR variants on brain connectivity.. Translational psychiatry, 2020.
  19. Green SA, Hernandez L, Lawrence KE, Liu J, Tsang T, Yeargin J, Cummings K, Laugeson E, Dapretto M, Bookheimer SY. Distinct Patterns of Neural Habituation and Generalization in Children and Adolescents With Autism With Low and High Sensory Overresponsivity.. The American journal of psychiatry, 2019.
  20. Green SA, Wood ET. The role of regulation and attention in atypical sensory processing.. Cognitive neuroscience, 2019.
  21. Green SA, Hernandez LM, Bowman HC, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M. Sensory over-responsivity and social cognition in ASD: Effects of aversive sensory stimuli and attentional modulation on neural responses to social cues.. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 2017.
  22. Green SA, Hernandez L, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M. Reduced modulation of thalamocortical connectivity during exposure to sensory stimuli in ASD.. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 2016.
  23. Green SA, Goff B, Gee DG, Gabard-Durnam L, Flannery J, Telzer EH, Humphreys KL, Louie J, Tottenham N. Discrimination of amygdala response predicts future separation anxiety in youth with early deprivation.. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 2016.
  24. Green SA, Hernandez L, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M. Salience Network Connectivity in Autism Is Related to Brain and Behavioral Markers of Sensory Overresponsivity.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2016.
  25. Green SA, Hernandez L, Tottenham N, Krasileva K, Bookheimer SY, Dapretto M. Neurobiology of Sensory Overresponsivity in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders.. JAMA psychiatry, 2015.
  26. Zamora I, Harley EK, Green SA, Smith K, Kipke MD. How sex of children with autism spectrum disorders and access to treatment services relates to parental stress.. Autism research and treatment, 2014.
  27. Hernandez LM, Rudie JD, Green SA, Bookheimer S, Dapretto M. Neural signatures of autism spectrum disorders: insights into brain network dynamics.. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2014.
  28. Green SA, Berkovits LD, Baker BL. Symptoms and development of anxiety in children with or without intellectual disability.. Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 2014.
  29. Green SA, Carter AS. Predictors and course of daily living skills development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders.. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2014.
  30. Green SA, Rudie JD, Colich NL, Wood JJ, Shirinyan D, Hernandez L, Tottenham N, Dapretto M, Bookheimer SY. Overreactive brain responses to sensory stimuli in youth with autism spectrum disorders.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013.
  31. Green SA, Ben-Sasson A, Soto TW, Carter AS. Anxiety and sensory over-responsivity in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: bidirectional effects across time.. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2012.
  32. Neece CL, Green SA, Baker BL. Parenting stress and child behavior problems: a transactional relationship across time.. American journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities, 2012.
  33. Green S, Baker B. Parents' emotion expression as a predictor of child's social competence: children with or without intellectual disability.. Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR, 2011.
  34. Green SA, Ben-Sasson A. Anxiety disorders and sensory over-responsivity in children with autism spectrum disorders: is there a causal relationship?. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 2010.