Aarti  Nair
Aarti Nair, Ph.D.


Aarti Nair, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral scholar in the Dapretto Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Dr. Nair received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of Mumbai, and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from UNC Charlotte. In 2015, Dr. Nair received her Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in San Diego, CA. Her primary research interests lie in multimodal imaging studies of social cognition in ASD, specifically using fcMRI and DTI techniques to quantify connectivity differences within this population. Currently, she is working on studies involving maturational trajectories of subcortical networks in ASD, as well as network clustering analysis to identify subgroups within the broader ASD endophenotype.


Under-reactive but easily distracted: An fMRI investigation of attentional capture in autism spectrum disorder.
Keehn B, Nair A, Lincoln AJ, Townsend J, Müller RA.
Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 2016; 17:46-56. NIHMSID: NIHMS747031
PMID: 26708773    PMCID: PMC4728050
Regional specificity of aberrant thalamocortical connectivity in autism.
Nair A, Carper RA, Abbott AE, Chen CP, Solders S, et al.
Human brain mapping. 2015; 36(11):4497-511. NIHMSID: NIHMS755478
PMID: 26493162    PMCID: PMC4768761
Cerebro-cerebellar Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Khan AJ, Nair A, Keown CL, Datko MC, Lincoln AJ, et al.
Biological psychiatry. 2015; 78(9):625-34.
PMID: 25959247   
Patterns of Atypical Functional Connectivity and Behavioral Links in Autism Differ Between Default, Salience, and Executive Networks.
Abbott AE, Nair A, Keown CL, Datko M, Jahedi A, et al.
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 2015;
PMID: 26351318   
The Influence of Task Difficulty and Participant Age on Balance Control in ASD.
Graham SA, Abbott AE, Nair A, Lincoln AJ, Müller RA, et al.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders. 2015; 45(5):1419-27.
PMID: 25381191   
Diagnostic classification of intrinsic functional connectivity highlights somatosensory, default mode, and visual regions in autism.
Chen CP, Keown CL, Jahedi A, Nair A, Pflieger ME, et al.
NeuroImage. Clinical. 2015; 8:238-45.
PMID: 26106547    PMCID: PMC4473297
Impact of methodological variables on functional connectivity findings in autism spectrum disorders.
Nair A, Keown CL, Datko M, Shih P, Keehn B, et al.
Human brain mapping. 2014; 35(8):4035-48.
PMID: 24452854   
Local functional overconnectivity in posterior brain regions is associated with symptom severity in autism spectrum disorders.
Keown CL, Shih P, Nair A, Peterson N, Mulvey ME, et al.
Cell reports. 2013; 5(3):567-72.
PMID: 24210815   
Impaired thalamocortical connectivity in autism spectrum disorder: a study of functional and anatomical connectivity.
Nair A, Treiber JM, Shukla DK, Shih P, Müller RA.
Brain : a journal of neurology. 2013; 136(Pt 6):1942-55.
PMID: 23739917    PMCID: PMC3673456
Approaches to local connectivity in autism using resting state functional connectivity MRI.
Maximo JO, Keown CL, Nair A, Müller RA.
Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2013; 7:605.
PMID: 24155702    PMCID: PMC3792552
Involvement of the anterior thalamic radiation in boys with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: a Diffusion Tensor Imaging study.
Cheon KA, Kim YS, Oh SH, Park SY, Yoon HW, et al.
Brain research. 2011; 1417:77-86.
PMID: 21890117