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Marika C Coffman

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry

Selected Publications


Health Related Quality of Life in Autistic Youth and Their Families.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · August 29, 2023 PURPOSE: The construct Quality of Life (QoL) involves a range of factors related to one's well-being. Individuals on the autism spectrum have been previously reported to have lower QoL. The purpose of the present study is to examine QoL in autistic individ ... Full text Link to item Cite

Relationship between quantitative digital behavioral features and clinical profiles in young autistic children.

Journal Article Autism Res · July 2023 Early behavioral markers for autism include differences in social attention and orienting in response to one's name when called, and differences in body movements and motor abilities. More efficient, scalable, objective, and reliable measures of these beha ... Full text Link to item Cite

Regulating Together: Emotion Dysregulation Group Treatment for ASD Youth and Their Caregivers.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · May 2023 Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience behavioral and emotional symptoms hypothesized to arise from emotion dysregulation (ED), difficulty modulating emotional experience, expression, and intensity in an acceptable and contextually appr ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Systematic Review: Emotion Dysregulation in Syndromic Causes of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Journal Article J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry · May 2023 OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current state of the literature regarding emotion dysregulation (ED) in syndromic intellectual disabilities (S-IDs) in 6 of the most common forms of S-IDs-Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome (FXS), tuberous sclerosis complex, Will ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Social Anxiety Symptoms Predict Poorer Facial Emotion Recognition in Autistic Male Adolescents and Young Adults Without Intellectual Disability.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · April 29, 2023 Utilizing a novel computerized task, we aimed to examine whether social anxiety symptoms would be related to individual differences in facial emotion recognition (FER) in a sample of autistic male adolescents and young adults without intellectual disabilit ... Full text Link to item Cite

A Preliminary Psychometric Analysis of the Difficulties with Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) Among Autistic Adolescents and Adults: Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · March 2022 Emotion dysregulation is common among autistic people, yet few measures have received psychometric evaluation in this population. We examined the factor structure, reliability, and validity of a commonly-used measure of emotion dysregulation, the Difficult ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Experiences of student and trainee autism researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Journal Article Autism Res · March 2022 Circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in significant personal and professional adjustments. Students and trainees, including those in autism research, face unique challenges to accomplishing their training and career goals during th ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Neural Mechanisms of Facial Emotion Recognition in Autism: Distinct Roles for Anterior Cingulate and dlPFC.

Journal Article J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol · 2022 OBJECTIVE: The present study sought to measure and internally validate neural markers of facial emotion recognition (FER) in adolescents and young adults with ASD to inform targeted intervention. METHOD: We utilized fMRI to measure patterns of brain activi ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Effects of nonsocial and circumscribed interest images on neural mechanisms of emotion regulation in autistic adults.

Journal Article Front Behav Neurosci · 2022 INTRODUCTION: Emotion dysregulation is commonly reported among autistic individuals. Prior work investigating the neurofunctional mechanisms of emotion regulation (ER) in autistic adults has illustrated alterations in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Modeling temporal dynamics of face processing in youth and adults.

Journal Article Soc Neurosci · August 2021 A hierarchical model of temporal dynamics was examined in adults (n = 34) and youth (n = 46) across the stages of face processing during the perception of static and dynamic faces. Three ERP components (P100, N170, N250) and spectral power in the mu range ... Full text Link to item Cite

Understanding of ASD by Siblings is Associated with Warmth and Hostility in the Sibling Relationship

Journal Article Journal of Child and Family Studies · June 1, 2021 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impacts not only the child with ASD, but also the entire family system, including siblings. The present study examined perceptions of the sibling relationship in brothers and sisters of children with ASD, as well as how under ... Full text Open Access Cite

Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Journal Article J Autism Dev Disord · November 2015 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by high rates of comorbid internalizing and externalizing disorders. One mechanistic account of these comorbidities is that ASD is characterized by impaired emotion regulation (ER) that results in deficits mo ... Full text Link to item Cite