Sarah Shultz is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University and co-director of the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Core at Marcus Autism Center. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University.
Her research investigates the neural and behavioral origins of disrupted social engagement in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to better understand the etiology of ASD and to inform treatment and intervention. Using behavioral (e.g., eye-tracking and video recordings of infant-caregiver interactions) and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, MRI), she studies the interaction between developmental changes in the brain and the developmental unfolding of social behavior in infants with and without ASD. She also uses simultaneous eye-tracking and functional MRI to study how the brain functions when children actively explore dynamic, naturalistic social scenes.