SPD Scientific Work Group Participants

Foxe, John J., PhD

Title: Professor
Department: Neuroscience
Institution: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Mailing Address: Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus, 1300 Morris Park Ave., Van Etten, Room 1C-3C, Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: (718) 862-1822

Dr. Foxe is a translational researcher with a history of research studies on the basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism. His work places special emphasis on the identification of endophenotypic markers in childhood neuropsychiatric diseases and in the linking of these biomarkers to the underlying genotype. Work in his lab has a consistent history of NIH and NSF funding, and a strong record of research productivity (160+ publications). Before joining the faculty at Einstein in January of 2010 (my alma mater), he served for 6 years as the Director of the PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience at The City College of New York. He was recruited to Einstein College of Medicine in January of 2010 as Director of Research for the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), with a mandate to develop and coordinate clinical pediatric research across the college. His lab employs an integrated multi-methodological approach to issues in the cognitive neurosciences, using structural and functional neuroimaging, high-density electrophysiology, imaging genomics, eye tracking, psychophysics and virtual reality to understand the neural basis of basic sensory-perceptual and cognitive functions. The work is translational at its core in that it employs an equal mix of basic-science projects in healthy individuals with clinical studies in patient populations. The approach taken is to first develop novel assays of a given perceptual or cognitive function in healthy individuals, which are then deployed in clinical populations of interest. The core mission of the lab is to understand the underlying neurobiology of developmental disorders, with a specific emphasis on Autism. The central goal is to develop more effective treatments and interventions through establishing basic knowledge and Dr. Foxe and his team has worked extensively in both adolescent Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The lab also has a very extensive history of investigations into the neurophysiology of both basic and complex auditory processing, from investigations of the fundamental mechanisms of frequency representation all the way to high-level speech processing.