Dr. Emily Kuschner

Principal Investigator

Emily S. Kuschner, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and scientist at in the Lurie Family Foundations Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center and the Center for Autism Research at CHOP, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the 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.

Dr. Emily Kuschner

Related Publications

  • Chen, Y., Saby, J., Kuschner, E.S., Gaetz, W., Edgar, J.C., Roberts., T.: Magnetoencephalography (MEG) of Infant Brain Development. NeuroImage. In press.
  • Maddox, B. B., Cleary, P., Kuschner, E. S., Miller, J., Armour, A. C., Guy, L., Kenworthy, L., Schultz, R.T. Yerys, B. E.: Lagging Skills Contribute to Challenging Behaviors in Children with Autism without Intellectual Disability. Autism. Epub ahead of print, doi:10.1177/1362361317712651.
  • 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.: Initial Clinical Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in Adolescents. 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.
  • Chen YH., Saby J., Kuschner E., Gaetz W., Edgar JC., Roberts TPL. Magnetoencephalography and the infant brain. Neuroimage, 2019, 189:445-458. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.01.059. PMID: 30685329
  • 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). Relationship between M100 Auditory Evoked Response and Auditory Radiation Microstructure in 16p11.2 Deletion and Duplication Carriers. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 37(6): 1178-1184.
  • Berman, JI., J. C. Edgar, L. Blaskey, E. S. Kuschner, S. E. Levy, M. Ku, J. Dell and T. P. L. Roberts (2016). Multimodal Diffusion-MRI and MEG Assessment of Auditory and Language System Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 10: 30.