Dr. Bradley Ferguson has joined the Department of Health Psychology as an Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Ferguson completed his PhD in Neuroscience at MU in 2016 and recently a postdoctoral fellowship in the MU Department of Radiology in the MU School of Medicine and the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Dr. Ferguson primarily studies autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurological disorders. His main research focus is on stress, anxiety, and neurophysiological correlates of gastrointestinal issues in individuals with ASD. His recent research found that 65% of a sample of 340 patients at the MU Thompson Center suffer from constipation. Dr. Ferguson is also working on a clinical trial of propranolol in ASD at the MU Thompson Center. His goal is to help shape future treatments for those with ASD to ultimately improve their quality of life.
Dr. Ferguson was recently invited to present his research on GI disorders in ASD at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) meeting on Mental Health & Autism at the University of Québec in Montréal on May 1.
Read his recent article in Frontiers in Psychiatry regarding the relationship among GI symptoms, problem behaviors, and internalizing behaviors in ASD.
In a recent issue of Pediatrics for Parents, Dr. Ferguson talks about some of his research on GI problems in ASD: Why are Gastrointestinal Problems Common in Autism?