The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Anila D’Mello

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of language and social cognition across development and in autism; Cerebellar contributions to cognition and disorders

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Office: NES.102 (UTSW)
Website: D’Mello Lab


Dr. D’Mello’s research combines tools from cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, and developmental psychology to elucidate the brain circuits and mechanisms that support language and cognition. Her lab applies these tools to understand how these circuits differ in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. Dr. D’Mello is particularly interested in the role of cerebro-cerebellar circuits in language, cognition, and disorders. Dr. D’Mello received her BA in psychology from Georgetown University and completed a PhD in behavior, cognition, and neuroscience at American University. She completed postdoctoral training at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. D’Mello is currently an assistant professor and Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research in the Department of Psychiatry and O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern, as well as in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

D’Mello, A.M., Frosch, I.R., Li, C., Cardinaux, A., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2022) Exclusion of females in autism research: empirical evidence for a “leaky” recruitment-to-research pipeline. Autism Research.

Rozenkrantz, L., D’Mello, A.M.§, Gabrieli, J.D.E (2021) Enhanced Rationality in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 25(8):685-696.

D’Mello, A.M., Gabrieli J.D.E, Nee D.E. (2020) Evidence for Hierarchical Cognitive Control in the Human Cerebellum. Current Biology 30(10), 1881-1892.e3.

D’Mello, A.M., Rozenkrantz, L. (2020) Neural mechanisms for prediction: from action to higher-order cognition. Journal of Neuroscience 40(27):5158-5160.

D’Mello, A.M., Turkeltaub, P.E., Stoodley, C.J. (2017) Cerebellar tDCS modulates neural circuits during semantic prediction: A combined tDCS-fMRI study. Journal of Neuroscience 37(6), 1604-1613.

D’Mello, A.M. and Stoodley, C.J. (2015) Cerebro-cerebellar circuits in autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Neuroscience 9, 408.