Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D. MBA - IDDRC Investigator

Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D., MBA

Marvin "Buzz" Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 2278
Sacramento, CA 95817 

Phone: 916-703-0270 / Fax: 916-703-0244

Areas of Interest

Cognitive neuroscience of autism, Cognitive Development, Learning, fMRI, Socialization Intervention, Families


My work focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of autism spectrum disorders and more specifically on the development of higher cognition (cognitive control and learning) in children, adolescents, and young adults. As a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis, Department of Psychiatry, and the MIND Institute, I obtained a broad background in clinical assessment, and carried out research on executive functions and psychosocial intervention in older higher functioning children and adolescents with ASD under the Mentorship of Dr. Sally Ozonoff. I then received a K08 Career Development Award to work with Dr. Cameron Carter to use cognitive neuroscience methods including fMRI to study cognitive control, and reward processing in this same population. From 2010-2012, I was appointed to serve on the InterAgency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) by HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. I also am a licensed clinician and have been the Director of the MIND Institute Social Skills Intervention Program for over 10 years. I serve as a Faculty Mentor for both the NIH funded Interdisciplinary Autism Research Training Program (T32 MH073124) and the Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grants.

Current IDDRC Projects
  • The Neural Substrates of Higher-Level Learning in Autism, NIMH, R21 MH099250

Recent Representative Publications

Solomon, M., Yoon, J.H., Niendam, T.A., Ragland, J.D., Lesh, T. A., Fairbrother, W., & Carter., C.S. (in press).  The development of the neural substrates of cognitive control in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Biological Psychiatry.

Schriber, R.A., Robins, R.W., & Solomon, M. (in press). Personality & Self-Insight in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology.

Silverman, J.L., Gastrell, P.T., Karras, M.N., Solomon, M., Crawley, J.N. (in press). Cognitive abilities on transitive inference using a novel touchscreen technology for mice. Cerebral Cortex.

Hileman, C., Vismara, L.,& Solomon, M.. (in press) Measuring Changes in Social Behavior during a Social Skills Intervention for Higher-Functioning Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders. PMID: 23239098

Miller, M., Bales, K.L.. Taylor, S. L., Yoon, J.H., Carter, C.S.. & Solomon, M. (in press). Oxytocin and vassopressin in children with autism: Autism Research. PMID:23413037