The Center for Behavioral Teratology at San Diego State University

The Center for Behavioral Teratology (CBT) leads the quest to fully understand Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by conducting innovative research on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. Using techniques ranging from basic science to sophisticated brain imaging, CBT scientists work to identify the specific brain and behavioral changes that occur following exposure and explore novel ways to mitigate these effects. This type of research is essential to the development of improved diagnostic tests and effective interventions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

NOFAS salutes the Center and its dedicated research staff for their invaluable contributions to creating a better future for individuals and families affected by FASD.

Jennifer Thomas received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1995, completed postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute, and is currently an Associate Professor in Psychology at SDSU. She is on the Editorial Board of Neurotoxicology and Teratology and a member of the Education Committee of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Her research focuses on mechanisms of alcohol-induced brain and behavioral dysfunction, along with the identification of novel treatments.

Edward P. Riley received his Ph.D. in 1974 from Tulane University and is currently a Professor in Psychology and the Director of the Center for Behavioral Teratology at SDSU. He is the author of over 190 scientific papers and reviewed and edited the Handbook of Behavioral Teratology. In 2000 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health to Chair the National Task Force on FAS. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the SAMHSA-sponsored FAS Center for Excellence. He has served as the President of the Research Society on Alcohol, the Fetal Alcohol Study Group, and the Behavioral Teratology Society. Last year, he received the NOFAS Excellence Award and recently the RSA Distinguished Researcher Award.

Dr. Mattson received her Ph.D. degree in 1994 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Center for Behavioral Teratology at SDSU. She is the author or co-author on 38 publications and 7 book chapters. Recently, she has been studying aspects of attention and visuo-spatial functioning in children with FASD, the comparison between FASD and ADHD, and brain structure and function using brain imaging.