Dr. ilanit gordon

Dr.
gordon ilanit
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CV

EDUCATION

2010-present: Post-doctoral research Associate, at the Yale Child Study Center’s Child Neuroscience Lab. Yale University, School of Medicine

(under the guidance of Prof. Kevin A. Pelphrey).

2004-2010: President’s Scholarship direct route to a PhD degree, Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University. Title of doctoral dissertation: "Mapping Social Bonding Processes in Adults: Relevant Hormones, Thoughts, and Behaviors". Supervised by Profs. Ruth Feldman and Aron Weller

2001-2005: B.A. in psychology and communication (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University.

THESIS:

         "Mapping Social Bonding Processes in Adults: Relevant Hormones, Thoughts, and Behaviors"

 

SUPERVISOR: Profs. Ruth Feldman and Aron Weller.

 

 

ACADEMIC AFFILATIONS/APPOINTMENTS

Positions and Employment

2003-2004                 Research & Teaching Assistant. Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

2005-2010     Research Assistant. Prof. Feldman's Early Developmental Lab, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

2005-2010     A delegate in the Student Ambassador Program, a prestigious program designed to train an elite group of students to become spokespeople representing Bar-Ilan University in Israel and abroad. Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

2010- now     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University, Child Study Center, New Haven, CT.

Honors and Awards

2005-2009     Recipient of the President's scholarship award for excellence for graduate studies in Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

2008               Recipient of the NIH travel award to attend the 41st annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

2010 -2012    Recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award on behalf of "The Lee Foundation".

2011               Chosen to participate in the Cold Spring Harbor 2011 course on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

         2011            Selected to report on "The Simons Foundation Workshop on Biomarkers for Autism Research" at Stony Brook University, NY: http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/workshop-reports/2011/workshop-report-biomarkers-for-autism-research

 

CURRENT FUNDING

2012-2016 - 4 year award from The Binational Science Foundation (BSF) to study  "Oxytocin, The Brain, and Autism".

BSF Grant number  2011349 – with Drs. Kevin A. Pelphrey, Ruth Feldman and James F. Leckman. Awarded - $180,000

MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS

1. The neuropeptide Oxytocin

2. Behavioral Analysis

3. fMRI

4. Development and Pathology – Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals / institutes:

Developmental Psychobiology

Early Human Development

Harvard Reviews of Psychiatry

Israel Science Foundation

JAMA Psychiatry

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Peptides

Parenting: Science and Practice

 

 

Publications

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

 

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS/PERIODICALS

 

Published papers:

 

1.      Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults: Associations with bonding and psychological distress. Psychophysiology, 45(3):349–352.

 

 

2.      Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2008). Synchrony in the triad: A micro-level process model of coparenting and parent-child interactions. Family Process, 47(4):465-479.

 

3.      Feldman, R., Gordon, I., Schneiderman, I., Weissman, O., Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2010). Natural variations in maternal and paternal care are associated with systematic changes in oxytocin following parent-infant contact. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35:1133-41. .

 

4.      Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Oxytocin and the development of parenting in humans. Biological Psychiatry, 68:377-82.

 

5.      Gordon, I. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Prolactin, oxytocin, and the development of paternal behavior across the first six months of fatherhood. Hormones and Behavior. 58: 513-8.

 

6.      Feldman R, Gordon I, & Zagoory-Sharon O. (2010). The cross-generation transmission of oxytocin in humans. Hormones and Behavior. 58(4):669-76

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7.      Weisman, O., Granat, A., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., Singer, M., Gordon, I., Azulay, H., Kuint, J., & Feldman, R. (2010). The experience of labor, maternal perception of the infant, and the mother’s postpartum mood in a low-risk community cohort. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 13(6):505-13.

 

8.      Gordon, I. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Oxytocin, Cortisol and triadic family interactions. Physiology and Behavior, 101(5): 679-84.

 

9.      Feldman, R., Gordon, I., & Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2010). Maternal and paternal plasma, salivary, and urinary oxytocin and parent-infant synchrony: considering stress and affiliation components of human bonding. Developmental Science, 12:1-10.

 

10. Harel, H., Gordon, I., Geva, R., & Feldman, R. (2011). Gaze behaviors of preterm and full-term infants in nonsocial and social contexts of increasing dynamics: visual recognition, attention regulation, and gaze synchrony. Infancy, 16(1):69-90.

 

 

11. Gordon, I., Martin, C., Feldman, R., & Leckman, J.F. (2011). Oxytocin and social motivation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1(4): 471-93.

 

 

12. Gordon, I., Voos, A. C, Bennett, R. H., Bolling, D. Z., Pelphrey, K. A., & Kaiser, M. D. (2011). Brain mechanisms for processing affective touch. Human Brain Mapping, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hbm.21480.I.F: 5.8

 

13. Weisman, O., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2012).  Plasma oxytocin distributions in a large cohort of women and men and their gender-specific associations with anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology, DOI 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.08.011.

 

 

14. Feldman, R., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Weisman, O., Schneiderman, I., Gordon, I., Maoz, R., Shalev, I., Ebstein, R. (2012). Sensitive parenting is associated with plasma oxytocin and polymorphisms in the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) and CD38 genes, Biological Psychiatry, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.12.025

 

 

15. Feldman, R. Gordon, I., Influs, M., Gutbir, T., Ebstein R. P. (2013) Genetic and peripheral markers on the parents' oxytocin neuropathway interact with early caregiving to shape children's oxytocin response and social reciprocity. Neuropsychpharmacology.

 

16. Gordon, I., Eillbott, J., Vander-Wyk, B. C., Feldman, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2013). Social, reward, and attention brain networks are involved in congruent and incongruent responses to online bids for joint attention. Social Neuroscience, Under Revision.

 

Submitted papers under review:

 

1.      Gordon, I., Bennett, R. H., Lucas, M. V., Cordeaux, C., Vander-WyK, B. C., Leckman. J. F., Feldman, R. & Pelphrey, K. A. (2013). Oxytocin's impact on brain function in children with ASD: an fMRI study. Science Translational Medicine

 

Book Reviews

1.      Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2007). Handbook of preschool mental health: development, disorders, and treatment. Book Review. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(11), 1496-1497.

 

Encyclopedia Contributions

1.      Gordon, I. (2011). Hippocampus. In Online Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.

2.      Gordon, I. (2011). Porkinje Cells. In Online Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.

 

 Manuscripts in preparation:

1.      Kaiser, M. D., Voos, A., Bennett, R., Gordon, I., McGlone, F. & Pelphrey, K. A. Disrupted neural response to affective touch in ASD.

2.      Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Bennett, R. H., Lucas, M. V., Cordeaux, C., Vander-WyK, B. C., Leckman. J. F., & Pelphrey, K. A. & Feldman, R. Genetic Variation Predicts Social Interaction Patterns Influenced by Oxytocin Administration in Children with ASD.

3.      Björnsdotter, M. Gordon, I., Pelphrey, K. A., Olausson, H., & Kaiser, M. D. Development of brain mechanisms for processing affective touch.

 

 

 

Invited Manuscripts

1.      Gordon, I. Oxytocin: Attempting to Bridge Early Animal Models with Recent Brain Imaging Results. (2013) New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience. Foundation IPSEN. Springer.

 

 

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

International scientific conferences:

 

1.      Gordon, I., Bennett, R. H., Vander-WyK, B. C., Leckman. J. F., Feldman, R. & Pelphrey, K. A. (2012). Oxytocin's impact on social cognitive brain function in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at The International Meeting for Autism Research, IMFAR. Toronto: Canada. This presentation was highlighted as part of the conference's press release.

2.      Gordon, I., Bennett, R. H., Vander-WyK, B. C., Leckman. J. F., Feldman, R. & Pelphrey, K. A. (2012). Oxytocin's impact on brain functions in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at Affective Social Neuroscience Meeting. Ney York, NY: USA.

3.      Gordon, I., Kaiser, M. D., Voos, A., Bennett, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2011). fMRI brain processing of affectionate touch in children with ASD. Presented at The Human Brain Mapping annual meeting. Quebec City: Canada.

4.      Gordon, I., Kaiser, M. D., Bennett, R., Voos, A., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2011). Disrupted brain mechanisms for processing affectionate touch in children with ASD. Poster presented at The International Meeting for Autism Research, IMFAR. San Diego, CA: USA.

5.      Gordon, I., Kritchman-Schulman, D. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F., & Feldman, R. (2010). Attachment and exploration: The relation of maternal and paternal oxytocin across the postpartum months and infant exploratory behavior. Presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies. Baltimore, MD: USA.

6.      Gordon, I., Feldman, R., Weller, A., Leckman, J. F., & Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2009). Maternal and Paternal Bonding in the Postpartum: Hormones, Parenting Behavior, and Mental Representations. Presented at the Society for Research of Child Development biennial meeting. Denver, CO: USA.

7.      Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults: Associations with bonding and psychological distress.  Presented at the 41st Annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Washington, DC: USA.

8.      Gordon, I., Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults. Presented at the first annual conference of the psychology department in Bar-Ilan University. Ramat Gan: Israel.

 

Accepted talks in the following future conferences:

 

1.      2013 - The 42nd International Meeting for Autism Research, IMFAR. San Sebastian, Spain.

2.      2013 - The Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA.

3.      2013 - New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience Meeting, IPSEN Foundation. Paris, France.

Research

 

Oxytocin and social behavior in humans

fMRI

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Behavioral Microanalysis