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Daniel A. Abrams

Daniel A. Abrams

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (2008)
B.F.A., University of Arizona (1994)
Dr. Abrams is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University where he conducts research investigating the brain bases of social communication impairments in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Abrams research focuses on understanding why children with ASD often "tune out" from the social world around them and how this impacts social and brain development. His research employs a combination of psychophysical, cognitive, and brain imaging techniques, with the goal of identifying key neural features underlying social deficits in children with ASD.

Dr. Abrams received his undergraduate degree from University of Arizona followed by a period in industry as an acoustical engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He subsequently completed his graduate degree from Northwestern University and joined the Stanford University community as a postdoctoral researcher in 2008. Dr. Abrams joined the Stanford faculty in 2014 and was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2018 and Clinical Associate Professor in 2021.

Dr. Abrams’s research program has been supported by multiple funding agencies including the NIH, NARSAD, and the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation.

Dr. Abrams lives in the Bay Area with his wife, children, and gifted Labrador retriever, Meatball.