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Phoebe Thomson

Phoebe Thomson, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Autism Center
Child Mind Institute

Phoebe Thomson, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and applied mathematics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She then earned a PhD in pediatrics focused on a longitudinal neuroimaging study working across the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the largest child health research institute in Australia. Her study investigated the brain’s structural and functional changes as children with a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) aged, and whether different trajectories of brain development were associated with variations in academic, cognitive, and mental health outcomes. For this work, she received several awards and grants, including the Jacobs Foundation Science of Learning Award.

Dr. Thomson’s primary expertise is in human brain function and brain development in children with and without neurodevelopmental conditions, using imaging approaches such as resting-state functional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging. She also has experience in cognitive and emotional development in children with autism and ADHD. As a postdoctoral researcher, she works to identify the imaging markers of autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, as well as to characterize long-term brain and behavioral changes that can guide prediction of outcomes. Dr. Thomson hopes that this research can contribute to improved selection of treatments and interventions most likely to benefit children with neurodevelopmental conditions.


  • PhD, Pediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • BS, Psychology and Applied Mathematics, The University of Melbourne, Australia