Brittany Travers

Brittany Travers
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program in the Department of Kinesiology, Waisman Center
(608) 263-0282


Ph.D. University of Alabama

Lab Website: 

Research Focus:

Motor and Brain Development (MRI) in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Strength:

Perception and Movement; Neurobiology of Disease

Research Description:

Our research examines motor development and corresponding brain development in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders. We combine neuroimaging measures using Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] with behavioral measures of motor function and daily living skills. Our research to date suggests that individuals with autism struggle with motor difficulties and that these motor difficulties predict impairments in other domains. Therefore, we are particularly interested in how interventions that target motor ability in ASD may have cascading benefits on an individual’s ability to independently function.

The long term goals of this research are to:

  1. Learn how motor difficulties manifest and change with age in autism and other developmental disorders
  2. Understand the underlying brain mechanisms of motor and core symptoms in autism
  3. Find ways that motor performance can be improved to enhance quality of life of people with autism and other developmental disorders

Selected Publications:

For a complete list of publications, please see our lab website:

  • Travers, B. G., Bigler, E. D., Duffield, T. C., Prigge, M. B. D., Froehlich, A. L., Lange, N., Alexander, A. L., & Lainhart, J. E. (accepted). Longitudinal development of manual motor ability in Autism Spectrum Disorder from childhood to mid-adulthood relates to adaptive daily living skills. Developmental Science.