Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences


  • 2002 - B.S. in Psychobiology; SUNY Binghamton
  • 2007 - Ph.D. in Neurosciences; University of California, San Diego
  • 2007 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology

Research interests

My research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying human social behavior, and how these mechanisms break down in individuals with autism -- a neurodevelopmental disorder that features impaired social functioning. Research methods include eye tracking, functional neuroimaging, and behavioral and cognitive testing, and study populations include healthy children and adults, individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and patients with localized brain lesions.

Representative publications

The autism brain imaging data exchange: towards a large-scale evaluation of the intrinsic brain architecture in autism (2014)
Adriana Di Martino, Chao-Gan Yan, Qingyang Li, Erin Denio, Francisco X Castellanos, Kaat Alaerts ...
Molecular psychiatry, 19 (6), 659

Mapping early brain development in autism (2007)
Eric Courchesne, Karen Pierce, Cynthia M Schumann, Elizabeth Redcay, Joseph A Buckwalter, Daniel P Kennedy ...
Cell Press. 56 (2), 399-413

Failing to deactivate: resting functional abnormalities in autism (2006)
Daniel P Kennedy, Elizabeth Redcay and Eric Courchesne
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103 (21), 8275-8280

The intrinsic functional organization of the brain is altered in autism (2008)
Daniel P Kennedy and Eric Courchesne
Neuroimage, 39 (4), 1877-1885

The social brain in psychiatric and neurological disorders (2012)
Daniel P Kennedy and Ralph Adolphs
Elsevier Current Trends. 16 (11), 559-572

Personal space regulation by the human amygdala (2009)
Daniel P Kennedy, Jan Gläscher, J Michael Tyszka and Ralph Adolphs
Nature neuroscience, 12 (10), 1226

The autistic brain: birth through adulthood (2004)
Eric Courchesne, Elizabeth Redcay and Daniel P Kennedy
Current opinion in neurology, 17 (4), 489-496

Functional abnormalities of the default network during self-and other-reflection in autism (2008)
Daniel P Kennedy and Eric Courchesne
Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 3 (2), 177-190

Autism at the beginning: microstructural and growth abnormalities underlying the cognitive and behavioral phenotype of autism (2005)
Eric Courchesne, Elizabeth Redcay, JOHN T MORGAN and DANIEL P KENNEDY
Development and psychopathology, 17 (3), 577-597

Atypical visual saliency in autism spectrum disorder quantified through model-based eye tracking (2015)
Shuo Wang, Ming Jiang, Xavier Morin Duchesne, Elizabeth A Laugeson, Daniel P Kennedy, Ralph Adolphs ...
Neuron, 88 (3), 604-616

Largely typical patterns of resting-state functional connectivity in high-functioning adults with autism (2013)
J Michael Tyszka, Daniel P Kennedy, Lynn K Paul and Ralph Adolphs
Cerebral cortex, 24 (7), 1894-1905

Intact bilateral resting-state networks in the absence of the corpus callosum (2011)
J Michael Tyszka, Daniel P Kennedy, Ralph Adolphs and Lynn K Paul
Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (42), 15154-15162

Differential electrophysiological response during rest, self-referential, and non–self-referential tasks in human posteromedial cortex (2011)
Mohammad Dastjerdi, Brett L Foster, Sharmin Nasrullah, Andreas M Rauschecker, Robert F Dougherty, Jennifer D Townsend ...
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (7), 3023-3028

Enhancing studies of the connectome in autism using the autism brain imaging data exchange II (2017)
Adriana Di Martino, David O’connor, Bosi Chen, Kaat Alaerts, Jeffrey S Anderson, Michal Assaf ...
Scientific data, 4 170010

Impaired fixation to eyes following amygdala damage arises from abnormal bottom-up attention (2010)
Daniel P Kennedy and Ralph Adolphs
Neuropsychologia, 48 (12), 3392-3398