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

Noah J. Sasson

Program Head, Psychology BS

Research Interests

Social cognition, social behavior, and social interaction in autism

Curriculum Vitae


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


Dr, Sasson studies intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of social disability in autism. Historically, his work focused on one intrinsic mechanism in particular, social cognition, which refers to the perception, processing, and interpretation of social information. More recently, his work is highlighting extrinsic mechanisms of social disability in autism, including the perceptions, biases, and behavior of non-autistic people that contribute to poor social and functional outcomes for autistic adults. Dr. Sasson earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Jones, D. R., DeBrabander, K. M., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Effects of autism acceptance training on explicit and implicit biases towards autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice.

DeBrabander, K. M., Pinkham, A. E., Ackerman, R. A., Jones, D. R., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Cognitive and social cognitive self-assessment in autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Bottema-Beutal, K., Kapp, S. K., Lester, J. N., Sasson, N. J., & Hand, B. N. (in press). Avoiding ableist language: suggestions for autism researchers. Autism in Adulthood.

Pinkham, A. E., Morrison, K. E., Penn, D. L., Harvey, P. D., Kelsven, S., Ludwig, K., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Comprehensive comparison of social cognitive performance in autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine.

Morrison, K. E., DeBrabander, K. M., Jones, D. R., Ackerman, R. A., & Sasson, N. J. (2020). Social cognition, social skill, and social motivation minimally predict social interaction outcomes for autistic and non-autistic adults. Part of the Research Topic: Autism: Innovations and Future Directions in Psychological Research. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 11, 3282.

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