Carly Demopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy, Joint Appointment with Radiology
Assistant Adjunct Professor


Dr. Carly Demopoulos is a clinical neuropsychologist and developmental neuroscientist. Her expertise is in utilizing multimodal neuroimaging, behavioral, and neuropsychological data to investigate the impact of sensorimotor abilities on children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her current research focuses on understanding the sensory, motor, and neural mechanisms that underlie the heterogenous presentation of speech and voice characteristics as well as broader verbal and non-verbal communication in individuals with ASD.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, 10/2018 - Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, & Neuroimaging, University of California-San Francisco
PhD, 2013 - Clinical Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Internship, 2013 - Neuropsychology, University of California-San Diego
MA, 2002 - Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College
BA, 2000 - Psychology, University of Chicago


Simarro Gonzalez M, Ni G, Lam V, Demopoulos C. Beyond words: an investigation of fine motor skills and the verbal communication spectrum in autism. Front Psychiatry. 2024; 15:1379307.
Demopoulos C, Jesson X, Gerdes MR, Jurigova BG, Hinkley LB, Ranasinghe KG, Desai S, Honma S, Mizuiri D, Findlay A, Nagarajan SS, Marco EJ. Global MEG Resting State Functional Connectivity in Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. bioRxiv. 2024 Jan 29.
Demopoulos C, Skiba SA, Kopald BE, Bangera N, Paulson K, Lewine JD. Associations between rapid auditory processing of speech sounds and specific verbal communication skills in autism. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1223250.
Faerman A, Sakallah A, Skiba S, Kansara S, Kopald BE, Lewine JD, Demopoulos C. Language Abilities are Associated with Both Verbal and Nonverbal Intelligence in Children on the Autism Spectrum. Dev Neuropsychol. 2023 07 04; 48(5):248-257.
Demopoulos C, Kopald BE, Bangera N, Paulson K, David Lewine J. Rapid auditory processing of puretones is associated with basic components of language in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Brain Lang. 2023 03; 238:105229.
Demopoulos, C.. APA handbook of neuropsychology: Vol. 2. Neuroscience and neuromethods, G. G. Brown, B. Crosson, K. Y. Haaland, & T. Z. King (Eds.). Magnetoencephalography. 2023.
Hinkley LBN, Larson PS, Henderson Sabes J, Mizuiri D, Demopoulos C, Adams ME, Neylan TC, Hess CP, Nagarajan SS, Cheung SW. Striatal networks for tinnitus treatment targeting. Hum Brain Mapp. 2022 02 01; 43(2):633-646.
Demopoulos C, Duong X, Hinkley LB, Ranasinghe KG, Mizuiri D, Garrett C, Honma S, Henderson-Sabes J, Findlay A, Racine-Belkoura C, Cheung SW, Nagarajan SS. Global resting-state functional connectivity of neural oscillations in tinnitus with and without hearing loss. Hum Brain Mapp. 2020 07; 41(10):2846-2861.
Cheung SW, Racine CA, Henderson-Sabes J, Demopoulos C, Molinaro AM, Heath S, Nagarajan SS, Bourne AL, Rietcheck JE, Wang SS, Larson PS. Phase I trial of caudate deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant tinnitus. J Neurosurg. 2019 Sep 24; 1-10.
Brandes-Aitken A, Anguera JA, Chang YS, Demopoulos C, Owen JP, Gazzaley A, Mukherjee P, Marco EJ. White Matter Microstructure Associations of Cognitive and Visuomotor Control in Children: A Sensory Processing Perspective. Front Integr Neurosci. 2018; 12:65.
Brandes-Aitken A, Anguera JA, Rolle CE, Desai SS, Demopoulos C, Skinner SN, Gazzaley A, Marco EJ. Characterizing cognitive and visuomotor control in children with sensory processing dysfunction and autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychology. 2018 02; 32(2):148-160.
Demopoulos C, Kothare H, Mizuiri D, Henderson-Sabes J, Fregeau B, Tjernagel J, Houde JF, Sherr EH, Nagarajan SS. Abnormal Speech Motor Control in Individuals with 16p11.2 Deletions. Sci Rep. 2018 01 19; 8(1):1274.
Demopoulos C, Yu N, Tripp J, Mota N, Brandes-Aitken AN, Desai SS, Hill SS, Antovich AD, Harris J, Honma S, Mizuiri D, Nagarajan SS, Marco EJ. Magnetoencephalographic Imaging of Auditory and Somatosensory Cortical Responses in Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11:259.
Demopoulos C, Hopkins J, Lewine JD. Relations Between Nonverbal and Verbal Social Cognitive Skills and Complex Social Behavior in Children and Adolescents with Autism. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2016 07; 44(5):913-21.
Demopoulos C, Brandes-Aitken AN, Desai SS, Hill SS, Antovich AD, Harris J, Marco EJ. Shared and Divergent Auditory and Tactile Processing in Children with Autism and Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction Relative to Typically Developing Peers. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Jul; 21(6):444-54.
Demopoulos C, Hopkins J, Kopald BE, Paulson K, Doyle L, Andrews WE, Lewine JD. Deficits in auditory processing contribute to impairments in vocal affect recognition in autism spectrum disorders: A MEG study. Neuropsychology. 2015 Nov; 29(6):895-908.
Demopoulos C, Lewine JD. Audiometric Profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Does Subclinical Hearing Loss Impact Communication? Autism Res. 2016 Jan; 9(1):107-20.
Carly Demopoulos, Nina Yu, Lynn K Paul, Elliott H Sherr, Elysa J Marco. Corpus callosum in cognitive and sensory processing: insights into autism. Future Neurology. 2015 Mar 1; 10(2):147-160.
Demopoulos C, Arroyo MS, Dunn W, Strominger Z, Sherr EH, Marco E. Individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum show sensory processing differences as measured by the sensory profile. Neuropsychology. 2015 Sep; 29(5):751-758.
Demopoulos C, Hopkins J, Davis A. A comparison of social cognitive profiles in children with autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a matter of quantitative but not qualitative difference? J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 May; 43(5):1157-70.