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Jane Roberts

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor
Department Chair
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-8082
Office: Barnwell College, 241
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Jane Roberts


Dr. Roberts received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then spent 10 years at UNC as a research investigator and scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute. Her work focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie cognitive and behavioral functioning in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome, and AD/HD. Dr. Roberts joined the faculty at USC in 2008.


Dr. Roberts' current research focuses on:

    - Developmental trajectories in infants and young children with autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome
    - Genetic and psychosocial contributions to mood and anxiety disorders in women with the fmr1 premutation
    - Physiological arousal, anxiety and stress in young children with neurodevelopmental disorders

For more detailed information regarding Dr. Roberts' research, funding, and teaching, you can review her vitae or visit her project website (

Representative Publications

Roberts, J.E., Tonnsen, B.L, McCary, L.M., Caravella, K.E., & Shinkareva, S. V.  (2016). Brief Report: Autism symptoms in infants with fragile X syndrome, Journal of Autism and Developmental Delay. 46(12), 3830-3837.

Tonnsen, B.L., & Roberts, J.E. (2016). Characterizing emergent anxiety through the lens of fragile X, International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51, 41- 83.

Roberts, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L., McCary, L. M., Ford, A. L., Golden, R. N., & Bailey, D. B.  (2016). Trajectory and predictors of depression and anxiety disorders in mothers with the FMR1 premutation.  Biological Psychiatry, 79(10), 859-857.

Roberts, J.E., McCary, L. M., Shinkareva, S.V., & Bailey, D. B. (2016). Infant development in fragile X syndrome:  cross-syndrome comparisons.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 46(6), 2088-2099.

Klusek, J., McGrath, S.E., Abbeduto, L., & Roberts, J.E. (2016).  Pragmatic language features of mothers with the FMR1 premutation are associated with the language outcomes of adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome, Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, 59(1) 49-61.

Robinson, A.N., Roberts, J.E., Brady, N., McQuillin, S.D., & Warren, S.F.  (2016). Physiological correlates of maternal responsivity in mothers of preschoolers with fragile X syndrome.  American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,121(2), 111-120. 

Grefer, M., Flory, K., Cornish, K, Hatton, D, & Roberts, J. (2016). The emergence and stability of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in boys with fragile X syndrome.  Journal of Intellectual and Disability Research, 60(2), 167-178.

Scherr, J.F., Hahn, L.J., Hooper, S.R., Hatton, D. D., & Roberts, J.E. (2016). HPA axis function predicts development of working memory in boys with FXS, Brain and Cognition, 102, 80-90.

Tonnsen, B. L., Grefer, M. L., Hatton, D. D. & Roberts, J. E. (2015). Developmental trajectories of attentional control in preschool males with fragile X syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 62-71.

Kover, S. T., McCary, L. M., Ingram, A. M., Hatton, D. D., & Roberts, J.E.  (2015). Early Language Development in Infants and Toddlers with Fragile X Syndrome: Change over Time and the Role of Attention.  American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 56 (2), 125-144. 

Randel, A., Adlof, S., Klusek, J., & Roberts, J.E.  (2015). Teaching reading to youth with fragile X syndrome: Should phonemic awareness and phonics instruction be used? Evidence Based Practice Briefs. 9(6):47-61.

Klusek, J., Hunt, A.W., Mirrett, P.L., Hatton, D.D., Hooper, S.R., Roberts, J.E., & Bailey, D.B.  (2015). Reading and phonological skills in boys with fragile X syndrome.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Jun;45(6):1699-711.

Klusek, J., Roberts, J. E., & Losh, M. (2015). Cardiac autonomic regulation in autism and fragile X syndrome: A review. Psychological Bulletin, 141, 141-175.

Adlof, S., Klusek, J., Svetlana, S., Mounts, M., Hatton, D., & Roberts, J.E. (2015).   Phonological awareness and reading in boys with fragile X syndrome.  Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 56, 30-39.

Tonnsen, B. L., Cornish, K., Wheeler, A. & Roberts, J. E.  (2014). Maternal predictors of anxiety risk in young males with fragile X.  American Journal of Medical Genetics:  Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 165(5); 399-409.

Roberts, J.E., Tonnsen, B.L., Mounts, M., McQuillan, S., & Hatton, D.D. (2014). Factor structure of temperament in fragile X syndrome: The Child Behavior Questionnaire. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (2); 563-571.  

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