Mirella Dapretto

Mirella Dapretto, PhD, Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les; Direc­tor, FPR-UCLA Cen­ter for Cul­ture, Brain, and Devel­op­ment   Web­site  |  Pub­li­ca­tions

Bio: Dr. Dapretto is presently appointed as Pro­fes­sor in the UCLA Dept. of Psy­chi­a­try and Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences. She received her Ph.D. in Devel­op­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy at UCLA and later acquired exper­tise in func­tional mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing (fMRI) as a post­doc­toral fel­low at the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Map­ping Cen­ter.  Her research exam­ines the so-called ‘social brain’ in neu­rotyp­i­cal indi­vid­u­als as well as in indi­vid­u­als with devel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders such as autism. Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on her dual train­ing as a devel­op­men­tal psy­chol­o­gist and a neu­ro­sci­en­tist, Dr. Dapretto’s research com­bines behav­ioral, neu­roimag­ing, and genetic data to bet­ter char­ac­ter­ize typ­i­cal and atyp­i­cal brain func­tion. Grants from NIH and pri­vate autism foun­da­tions have sup­ported her work which has been pub­lished in pres­ti­gious jour­nals such as Archives of Gen­eral Psy­chi­a­try, Bio­log­i­cal Psy­chi­a­tryBrainNature Neu­ro­science, and Neu­ron. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Dapretto served as the PI of the imag­ing project of the first NIH funded UCLA Autism Cen­ter of Excel­lence (ACE). As part of the recently renewed UCLA ACE, Dr. Dapretto serves both as the PI of the imag­ing project, as well as Co-PI of the project in infants at ultra high-risk for devel­op­ing autism. Dr. Dapretto is also a co-investigator on sev­eral large-scale col­lab­o­ra­tive stud­ies headed by Drs.Bookheimer, Geschwind, Sow­ell, and Wang, as well as the Direc­tor of the FPR-UCLA Cen­ter for Cul­ture, Brain, and Development.