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Goldberg, Melissa C., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Main Office Address

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway Street
Baltimore, MD, 21231

Fax: 443-923-9279





Washington University



Harvard University



McMaster University


Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Professional Interests

The overall focus of Dr. Goldberg’s research is to advance understanding about the cognitive neuropsychological mechanisms underlying autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  Autism is a childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by abnormalities in reciprocal social interactions, impairments in verbal and non-verbal communication and the presence of stereotyped behaviors and a restricted range of interests and activities.  Autism is thought to have multiple causes, with various brain regions being reported as being abnormal.  In her research, Dr. Goldberg uses behavioral paradigms together with brain-imaging techniques such as, MRI and functional-MRI as tools to investigate the neural mechanisms of autism.  Some of her research has been on eye movements, attention, executive function, and face processing.

Dr. Goldberg is currently Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded study to investigate the reward system in children with high functioning autism.  Dr. Goldberg recently completed an NIH-funded Career Development Award (K-Award) study to examine executive functions and brain mechanisms in children with high functioning autism (HFA) and in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More about Dr. Goldberg's research.

Selected Publications

Goldberg, MC, Landa, R, Lasker, A, Cooper, L. & Zee, DS.  Evidence of normal cerebellar control of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) in children with high-functioning autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders; 2000; 6:519-24.

Goldberg, MC, Maurer, D, Lewis TL, & Brent, HP.  The influence of binocular visual deprivation on the development of visual-spatial attention. Developmental Neuropsychology. 2001; 19:53-81.

Goldberg, MC, Zee, DS, Lasker, AG, Garth, E, Tien, A, & Landa, RJ.  Deficits in the initiation of eye movements in the absence of visual targets in adolescents with high functioning autism.  Neuropsychologia. 2002; 1426:1-11.

Goldberg, MC, Mostofsky, SH, Cutting, LE, Denckla, MB, & Landa, RJ.  Subtle Executive Impairment in Children with Autism and Children with ADHD.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  2005; 35:279-93.

Goldberg, MC, Mostow, A, Vecera, SP, Gidley-Larson, JC, Mostofsky, SH, Mahone, EM & Denckla, MB.  Evidence for impairments in using static line drawings of eye gaze cues to orient visual-spatial attention in children with high functioning autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  2008; 38:1405-13.

Goldberg, M.C., Spinelli, S., Joel, S., Pekar, J.J., Denckla, M.B., & Mostofsky, S.H.  (2010).  Children with high functioning autism show increased prefrontal and temporal cortex activity during error monitoring. Dev. Cogn. Neurosci. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2010.07.002