Mark Strauss, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


Infant and Toddler Development Center

We study infants' and toddlers' perception and understanding of the physical and social world.

Director:  Mark Strauss, Ph.D.

3507 Sennott Square


Pittsburgh Early Autism Study

We are studying infants who have an older sibling diagnosed with an austism spectrum disorder (ASD) to look for infant behaviors that may predict a later ASD diagnosis. Family home videos of children later diagnosed with ASD suggest that diagnostic signs of ASD may emerge within the first year of life.

Our Team:

Mark Strauss, Ph.D.

Jana Iverson, Ph.D.

Susan Campbell, Ph.D.

Contact: 1-866-647-3634 or

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Kathryn Hauschild
  • Lisa Sperle

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Illinois

Research Interest Summary

Infant development; origins of autism

Research Interests

My research focuses on the early development of cognitive abilities in infants and children, Currently, I am the P.I. of a research grant that is studying the cognitive abilities of individuals with autism. This research studies both infants at risk for autism as well as older children and adults who have been diagnosed with the disorder.

Accepting Graduate Students


Representative Publications

Dundas, E., Gastgeb, H., & Strauss, M.S. (in press) Left visual field biases when infants process faces: A comparison of infants at high- and low- risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Strauss, M.S., Newell, L.C., Best, C.A., Hannigen, S.F., Gastgeb, H.Z., & Giovannelli, J.L., (2012) The development of facial gender categorization in individuals with and without autism: The impact of typicality. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 42, 1847-1855.

Gastgeb, H.Z, Dundas, E.M., Minshew, N.J., & Strauss, M.S. (2012) Category formation in autism: Can individuals with autism form categories and prototypes of dot patterns. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 42, 1696-1704.

Gastgeb, H. & Strauss, M.S. (2012). Categorization in ASD: The role of typicality and development. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 19, 66-74.

Dundas, E., Best, C.A., Minshew, N.J., & Strauss, M.S., (2012) A lack of left visual field bias when individuals with autism process faces. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities,42(6), 1104-1111.

Gastgeb, H., Best, C.A., Minshew, N.J., & Strauss, M.S., (2011) Can individuals with autism abstract prototypes of natural faces? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 41, 1609-1618.

Newell, L. C., Best, C. A., Gastgeb, H., Rump, K. M., & Strauss, M. S. (2011). The development of categorization and facial knowledge: Implications for the study of autism. In L. M. Oakes, C. H. Cashon, M., Casasola & R. H. Rakison (Eds.), Infant perception and cognition: Recent advances, emerging theories, and future directions.


Accepting Graduate Students