Dr. Emily Kuschner

Principal Investigator
Clinical Psychologist
Scientist; Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Kuschner earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester. As a collaborator in Dr. Timothy Roberts’ MEG Center, Dr. Kuschner conducts diagnostic and neurocognitive evaluations for research participants, and works closely with Dr. Roberts and his team to develop clinical support protocols to help children participate in neuroimaging research studies, regardless of age or ability. These clinical protocols allow a wide range of children to participate in our studies, including infants and children with intellectual ability or limited speech. Dr. Kuschner also now has a program of research aimed at understanding food selectivity in children, adolescents, and adults with ASD. She developed the BUFFET Program (Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment), a multi-family group intervention that uses cognitive behavioral strategies to improve food selectivity. Dr. Kuschner's studies aim to establish BUFFET as an evidence-based treatment program and to explore food selectivity assessment tools that will characterize food selectivity and sensitively measure treatment change.

Related Publications

  • Abnormal auditory mismatch fields in adults with autism spectrum disorder.

    Matsuzaki J, Ku M, Berman JI, Blaskey L, Bloy L, Chen YH, Dell J, Edgar JC, Kuschner ES, Liu S, Saby J, Brodkin ES, Roberts TPL. Neurosci Lett. 2019 Apr 17;698:140-145. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2018.12.043. PMID: 30599264

  • Abnormal auditory mismatch fields are associated with communication impairment in both verbal and minimally verbal/nonverbal children who have autism spectrum disorder.

    Matsuzaki J, Kuschner ES, Blaskey L, Bloy L, Kim M, Ku M, Edgar JC, Embick D, Roberts TPL. Autism Res. 2019 Aug;12(8):1225-1235. doi: 10.1002/aur.2136. Epub 2019 May 28. PMID: 31136103

  • Abnormal Auditory Mismatch Fields in Children and Adolescents with 47,XYY Syndrome.

    Matsuzaki J, Bloy L, Blaskey L, Miller J, Kuschner ES, Ku M, Dipiero M, Airey M, Edgar JC, Embick D, Ross JL, Roberts TPL. Dev Neurosci. 2019;41(1-2):123-131. doi: 10.1159/000500799. Epub 2019 Jul 5. PMID: 31280271

  • Abnormal maturation of the resting-state peak alpha frequency in children with autism spectrum disorder.

    Edgar JC, Dipiero M, McBride E, Green HL, Berman J, Ku M, Liu S, Blaskey L, Kuschner E, Airey M, Ross JL, Bloy L, Kim M, Koppers S, Gaetz W, Schultz RT, Roberts TPL. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 Aug 1;40(11):3288-3298. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24598. PMID: 30977235

  • Lagging Skills Contribute to Challenging Behaviors in Children with Autism without Intellectual Disability.

    Maddox, B. B., Cleary, P., Kuschner, E. S., Miller, J., Armour, A. C., Guy, L., Kenworthy, L., Schultz, R.T. Yerys, B. E.: Autism. 2018 Epub ahead of print, doi:10.1177/1362361317712651.

  • Initial Clinical Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in Adolescents.

    Strang, J. F., Meagher, H., Kenworthy, L., de Vries, A. L. C., Menvielle, E., Leibowitz, S., Janssen, A., Cohen-Kettenis, P., Shumer, D.E., Edwards-Leeper, L., Pleak, R.R., Spack, N., Karasic, D.H., Schreier, H., Balleur, A., Tishelman, A., Ehrensaft, D., Rodnan, L., Kuschner, E.S., Mandel, F., Caretto, A., Lewis, H.C., Anthony, L.G.: Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology 47(1): 105-115, 2018. PubMed PMID: 27775428

  • Kuschner, E.S. & Blaskey, L. (2018). Asperger’s Syndrome. Braaten, E. (Ed) SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Blaskey, L. and Kuschner, E.S. (2018). 16p11.2 Microdeletion/Microduplication Syndrome. In E. Braaten (Ed) SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Magnetoencephalography and the infant brain

    Chen YH., Saby J., Kuschner E., Gaetz W., Edgar JC., Roberts TPL. Neuroimage, 2019, 189:445-458. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.01.059. PMID: 30685329

  • Relationship between M100 Auditory Evoked Response and Auditory Radiation Microstructure in 16p11.2 Deletion and Duplication Carriers.

    Berman, J. I., D. Chudnovskaya, L. Blaskey, E. Kuschner, P. Mukherjee, R. Buckner, S. Nagarajan, W. K. Chung, E. H. Sherr and T. P. Roberts (2016). AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 37(6): 1178-1184.