Anila D’Mello is a postdoctoral fellow at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with John Gabrieli. She received her B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University, and completed her Ph.D. in behavior, cognition and neuroscience at American University. D’Mello’s doctoral and postdoctoral research has leveraged neuroimaging, neuromodulation and behavioral experimentation to understand cerebellar contributions to language, social communication and cognition in individuals with and without autism spectrum disorders.
D’Mello plans to use neuroimaging and behavioral assessment to examine the contribution of cerebello-prefrontal circuits to cognitive inflexibility iin children and adults with autism. In addition, D’Mello is interested in understanding how cognitive inflexibility and differences in cerebro-cerebellar circuits may contribute to co-occurring strengths and challenges in autism.