The Agents of Change Spotlight: Dr. B. Blair Braden

We are so excited to present our March “Agent of Change”, Dr. B. Blair Braden, Principal Investigator and Laboratory Director at the Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory at ASU. We are fascinated by her work and can’t wait to learn more at our Community Circle on Thursday March 14th, 6pm, online via “Zoom”.

Blair’s innovative research in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), utilizing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has a goal of creating meaningful interventions for adults with ASD. Dr. Braden and her team are currently seeking participants for their next round of research; participants need to sign up by May 20th to be part of the study. More info below and you can also click here to visit her website.


Dr. B. Blair Braden of the ABA Lab at ASU

Dr. B. Blair Braden of the ABA Lab at ASU

Dr. B. Blair Braden

Dr. Braden has a PhD in behavioral neuroscience with experience ranging from human MRI studies to animal models of learning and memory. As Principal Investigator and Laboratory Director at ASU’s Autism and Brain Aging (ABA) Laboratory,  Dr. Braden’s work primarily focuses on understanding aging in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The award-winning team at the ABA is among the first to study age-related changes in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through neuropsychological evaluations and multi-modal neuroimaging. The lab incorporates MBSR as part of the research, and aims to translate cognitive and brain findings into meaningful interventions for adults with ASD. Blair’s research aims to understand brain functioning before and after stress-reduction classes to help better understand how symptom improvements relate to brain functioning in adults with ASD.

Paid Research Participants Needed: Learn Mindfulness/Relaxation Techniques

If you are either an adult with ASD or a typically developing adult who may like to participate in the ADA’s next round of research, then here are the details! Study participation is voluntary, offers $100 compensation and will involve 10 visits in 10 weeks that include the following:

• Stress-reduction education and social support group sessions (8 weekly 1-2 hour sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings in June and July)

• MRI (~1 hour during the first and last study visits)

• EEG and Heart Rate Monitor (~30 min. during the first and last study visits)

• Questionnaires (~20 min. during the first and last study visits)

• Optional questionnaires for a friend or family member (~10 minutes)

Want to know more? Join us on March 14th at 6pm to talk with Dr. Braden, or contact the Autism Brain Aging Lab directly at (480) 727-3970 or abalab(at)asu.edu.

Sunny Wight