Allison Jack

Allison Jack
Assistant Research Professor, Pharmacology and Physiology, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Research Focus


Understanding meaningful differences in social perception with the goal of better understanding how these factors contribute to processes of developmental risk and resilience, particularly as relates to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Using human neuroimaging methods to investigate several novel sources of variability in social behavior, including 1) the function of the posterior lobe of the cerebellum and 2) sexually dimorphic processes in neurodevelopment, including epigenetic modifications of the oxytocin receptor gene. Particular interest in girls and women with ASD, who are understudied and under-represented relative to boys and men on the spectrum.


B.A. English, College of William and Mary, 2005
B.A. Psychology, College of William and Mary, 2005
M.A. Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia, 2009
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia, 2012



Jack, Allison, Keifer, Cara M., and Pelphrey, Kevin A. (2017). Cerebellar contributions to biological motion perception in autism and typical development. Human Brain Mapping38(4), 1914-1932. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23493

Gordon, I., Jack, A., Pretzsch, C., Vander Wyk, B., Leckman, J., Feldman, R., and Pelphrey, K. A. (2016). Intranasal Oxytocin Enhances Connectivity in the Neural Circuitry Supporting Social Motivation and Social Perception in Children with Autism. Scientific Reports, 6. doi: 10.1038/srep35054