Lindsay M. Oberman, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Advisor
Achieve TMS

Lindsay Oberman received her PhD in experimental psychology at University of California, San Diego in 2007. While in graduate school she used electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) to study the brain basis of social impairments in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Oberman then obtained a mentored postdoctoral fellowship at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School where she developed paradigms using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study brain plasticity and excitability in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Oberman was an Instructor in the department of neurology at Harvard Medical School with appointments both at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Boston prior to coming to Bradley Hospital.

Research Interests

Oberman’s research focuses on autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by a number of impairments including a lack of social empathy, a lack of understanding of others’ thoughts and facial expressions, a delayed or complete absence of communication skills, difficulty with imagination, and difficulty with social interaction.

Though many theories exist on the neurological basis of this enigmatic disorder, the exact cause is largely unknown. Oberman’s research interest lies in using electrophysiological techniques (such as EEG and TMS and TCS) to investigate neural circuits whose dysfunction may account for the behavioral pathology seen in autism spectrum disorders with the long term goal of developing novel therapeutic interventions.

Publications:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation in autism spectrum disorder: Challenges, promise, and roadmap for future research

Education & Training:

UNDERGRADUATE
Emory University
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Psychology
B.S., 2002
Magna Cum Laude

GRADUATE
University of California, San Diego, 2002-2007
MA in Psychology, 2004
PhD in Psychology, 2007
Deans Fellowship
Department Research Award
Geckler Fellowship
Dissertation Award

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Cognitive Neurology
2007-2009

POSTGRADUATE HONORS AND AWARDS
NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 2007
KL2 Medical Research Investigator Training Award
Harvard Catalyst, 2009
Shrine Query Prize
Harvard Catalyst, 2012

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Instructor of Neurology

Harvard University Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
October 2009-November 2013

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Emmanuel College
September 2011-August 2013

  • Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Brown University School of Medicine
E.P. Bradley Hospital
January 2014-August 2017

  • Research Assistant Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
November 2017-Present