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

Noah J. Sasson

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Specifying cognitive processes in autism that underlie difficulties navigating the social world.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2541
Office: GR_4.116
Campus Mail Code: GR 41
Website: Development of Social Cognition Lab


Dr. Noah Sasson studies mechanisms of social disability in Autism Spectrum Disorder. He currently is pursuing a large-scale project comparing social cognitive profiles between autism and schizophrenia, and how they relate to general cognition, social behavior, and social functioning. Dr. Sasson’s other work within autism research involves face processing, non-social motivation (i.e., circumscribed interests), eye-tracking, and studies of the Broad Autism Phenotype. More recently, Dr. Sasson has been examining how the perceptions, biases, and responses of non-autistic people contribute to social interaction difficulties in autism. Dr. Sasson earned his bachelor’s degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD at the University of North Carolina.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Morrison, K. E., DeBrabander, K. M., Jones, D. R., Faso, D. J., Ackerman, R. A., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Outcomes of real-world social interaction for autistic adults paired with autistic compared to typically-developing partners. Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice.

Sasson, N. J., Morrison, K. E., Kelsven, S., Pinkham, A. E. (in press). Social cognition as a predictor of functional and social skills in autistic adults without intellectual disability. Autism Research.

DeBrabander, K. M., Morrison, K. E., Jones, D. R., Faso, D. J., Chmielewski, M., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Do first impressions of autistic adults differ between autistic and non-autistic observers? Autism in Adulthood.

Morrison, K. E, DeBrabander, K. M., Faso, D. J., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Variability in first impressions of autistic adults made by neurotypical raters is driven more by characteristics of the rater than by characteristics of the autistic adult. Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice.

Nicolaidis, C., Milton, D., Sasson, N. J., Sheppard, E., & Yergeau, M. (2019). An expert discussion on autism and empathy. Autism in Adulthood, 1, 4-11.

Morrison, K. E., Pinkham, A. E., Kelsven, S., Ludwig, K., Penn, D. L., & Sasson, N. J. (2019). Psychometric evaluation of social cognitive measures for adults with autism. Autism Research, 12, 766-778.

Sasson, N. J. & Morrison, K. E. (2019). First impressions of adults with autism improve with diagnostic disclosure and increased autism knowledge of peers. Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice, 23, 50-59.

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