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Mary Beth Nebel, Ph.D.

Mary Elizabeth Nebel, Ph.D.

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Instructor of Neurology

Research Interests: Functional Brain Organization; Fine-grained Action Recognition; Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact for Research Inquiries

Kennedy Krieger Institute
716 N Broadway
room 311
Baltimore, MD 21205 map



  • Instructor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions



  • B.S., Duke University (North Carolina) (2002)
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill) (North Carolina) (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Nebel’s broad research interests include examining how the brain dynamically interprets sensory information to produce appropriate actions and how this process is altered in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has focused on developing innovative and reliable methods for using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data to characterize the functional organization of the brain and has applied these methods to show how alterations in functional connectivity between visual and motor brain regions contribute to impaired motor and social skill performance in school-age children with ASD. As part of her NIMH funded Career Development Award (K01 MH109766-01), Dr. Nebel is extending these findings to study the longitudinal development of visual-motor connectivity and hand-eye coordination in infants at high risk for ASD to determine whether the abnormalities observed in school-age children come online before or after core symptom onset. She is also collaborating with researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute on developing movement-based intervention methods for enhancing functional connectivity between visual and motor brain regions critical for imitating, and learning from, the actions of others.

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