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Assistant Professor

406A Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Professional Areas of Interest

  • Sensory processing in autism spectrum disorders
  • Brain-behavior relationships using EEG and fMRI in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Attention interventions in Occupational Therapy

Research Focus

Dr. Crasta’s research focuses on examining the relationship between attention and sensory processing in children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders using neuroimaging tools such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) along with performance-based measures. Additionally, Dr. Crasta also works with children with traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) examining brain-behavior relationships.

NEUroscience Research in Occupational therapy: NeuRO Lab

Recent Publications

  • Crasta, J. E., Slomine, B. S., Mahone, E. M., & Suskauer, S. J. (2020). Subtle Motor Signs and Executive Functioning in Chronic Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Brief Report. Developmental neurorehabilitation, 23 (1), 68-72.

  • LaGasse, A. B., Berent, R. C., Crasta, J. E., Gavin, W. J., & Davies, P. L. (2019). Assessing the impact of music therapy on sensory gating and attention in children with autism: a pilot and feasibility study. Journal of Music Therapy.

  • Crasta, J. E, Thaut, M. H., Anderson, C. W., Davies, P.L. & Gavin, W.J. (2018). Auditory priming improves neural synchronization in auditory-motor entrainment.Neuropsychologia, 117, 102-112.

Recent Presentations

  • Crasta, J. E., Gavin, W., & Davies, P. (2019). Reduced Beta and Gamma Band Activity to Auditory Stimuli in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Psychophysiology, 56, S118.
  • Crasta, J. E., Gavin, W. J., & Davies, P. (2019). Sensory Processing Predicts Social Responsiveness in Adults with Autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(4_Supplement_1). DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-RP103A
  • Crasta, J. E., Davies, P. L. & Gavin, W. J. (2018). Examining the Effect of Attention on Sensory Registration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Society of Autism Research.

Major Awards

  • Young Scientist Award for poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • Awarded Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars Student Award for top scoring paper, Boston University, 2017.
  • International Presidential Fellow Award, Colorado State University, 2014 - 2015.


2017       PhD     Colorado State University     Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

2015       MS       Colorado State University     Occupational Therapy

2010       BOT     Christian Medical College, Vellore   Occupational Therapy

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