Natasha Marrus

Natasha Marrus

Physician Scientist
Email: natasha@wustl.edu

Natasha Marrus is a child psychiatrist and researcher interested in developing measurement tools of social motivation, the capacity by which humans preferentially orient to social stimuli, seek social interactions, and work to maintain social interactions.  The capacity for social motivation is believed to arise in infancy and is fundamentally impaired in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Natasha is working with Dr. Markson to develop behavioral paradigms that will allow quantification of social motivation. The goal is for these paradigms to contribute to assessments allowing earlier diagnosis of autism, as well as to inform studies characterizing the development of social motivation and its relationship to other key abilities, such as language.