Dr. Timothy Roberts

Principal Investigator
Oberkircher Family Chair in Pediatric Radiology
Professor of Radiology, Vice-chair, Research, Dept. of Radiology Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Professor of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine Adjunct, Professor of Linguistics University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Roberts obtained his PhD from Cambridge University, England in 1992 (BA, Cambridge University, 1988). He has subsequently been on the faculty at UCSF (Radiology, 1994-2002, Asst. & Assoc. Prof) and the University of Toronto (Medical Imaging, 2002-2005, Assoc. and Full Prof) and is presently holder of the Oberkircher Family Chair in Pediatric Radiology and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as Professor of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Lurie Family Foundations MEG Imaging Center at CHOP (one of the larger clinical and research MEG facilities in the USA, with 3 MEG devices and a staff of approximately 25-30 faculty, postdocs, graduate students, research assistants and technologists). His work in multimodal, 4D/5D functional imaging using biomagnetic recording (magnetoencephalography, MEG) as well as advanced MRI techniques (such as diffusion tensor imaging and edited magnetic resonance spectroscopy), specifically in the study of auditory processing and language in autism spectrum disorders has been supported by the National Alliance for Autism Research and is presently supported by Autism Speaks, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Simons Foundation, the Dept. of Defense and NIH. He additionally has served/is serving as the primary mentor of 5 junior faculty who are supported by NIH “K”-awards (Edgar, Leitman, Berman, Chen, Bloy) and has active research endeavors, beyond the field of autism, in Schizophrenia, TBI and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as methodological development. He has published in excess of 300 scientific papers, 30+ book chapters and given a large number of international invited presentations, mostly in the field of physiologic and functional imaging, reviews grant proposals for NIH (standing member, DBD 2008-12) and several equivalent international agencies (UK, Germany, Austria, Singapore, Israel, Cyprus, Canada, Holland), and serves on the executive committee of the American Society for Neuroradiology, the American Society for Functional Neuroradiology (President 2009-10) and the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG (President 2009-11).

Related Publications

  • 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

  • MEG Detection of Delayed Auditory Evoked Responses in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Towards an Imaging Biomarker for Autism.

    Roberts TPL, Khan SY, Rey M, Monroe JF, Cannon K, Blaskey L, Woldoff S, Qasmieh S, Gandal M, Schmidt GL, Zarnow DM, Levy SE, and Edgar JC. Autism Research 3: 8–18, 2010

  • Heterogeneous increases of regional cerebral blood flow during preterm brain development: Preliminary assessment with pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeled perfusion MRI.

    Ouyang M, Liu P, Jeon T, Chalak L, Heyne R, Rollins NK, Licht DJ, Detre JA, Roberts T, Lu H, Huang H, 2017.  Neuroimage 147: 233-242.

  • Short-range connections in the developmental connectome during typical and atypical brain maturation.

    Ouyang M, Kang H, Detre J, Roberts T, Huang H, 2017.  Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 83:109-122.

  • High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging Probabilistic Tractography of the Auditory Radiation.

    Berman, J.I., M. Lanza, L. Blaskey, J. Edgar and T. Roberts (2013). American Journal of Neuroradiology 34(8): 1573-1578.

  • 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.

  • Multimodal Diffusion-MRI and MEG Assessment of Auditory and Language System Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Berman, JI., J. C. Edgar, L. Blaskey, E. S. Kuschner, S. E. Levy, M. Ku, J. Dell and T. P. L. Roberts (2016). Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 10: 30.

  • GABA estimation in the Brains of Children on the Autism Spectrum: Measurement precision and regional cortical variation.

    Gaetz W., Bloy L., Wang DJ, Port RG, Blaskey LM, Levy SE, Roberts TPL (2014).  Neuroimage 86,1-9.