Maura Sabatos-DeVito, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Sabatos-DeVito is currently an assistant professor for the Duke University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. As a member of the research team exploring the efficacy of autologous cord blood for improving outcomes of children with autism, she is conducting cognitive and language assessments of young children diagnosed with autism, assisting with implementation of eye-tracking and EEG, and overseeing behavioral coding of parent-child play interactions. She recently obtained her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her training at UNC, she was involved in various research projects investigating early signs of autism, and worked as an interventionist with toddlers identified as at-risk for autism. She also studied the role of individual differences in early features of attention on later sensory responsiveness and temperamental reactivity and self-regulation patterns in the toddler years, and the relationship between attentional disengagement and sensory response patterns in young children with autism.

Prior to her training at UNC, Dr. Sabatos-DeVito obtained her master’s degree in psychology at Villanova University, focusing on cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. She also worked as a research assistant at two universities in the United Kingdom, facilitating research on memory development in school-aged children and reading skills in adults. Dr. Sabatos-DeVito earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and has worked as a special educator in schools in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Brooklyn, NY. She is a licensed elementary/special educator in New York. She was trained in ABA and worked as a preschool teacher/ABA therapist in a private preschool in New York and as an itinerant early interventionist/ABA therapist.

Maura is mentored by Geraldine Dawson.



Representative Publications

1. Sabatos-DeVito, M., Schipul, S. E., Bulluck, J. C., Belger, A., & Baranek, G. T. (under review). Eye tracking reveals impaired attentional disengagement associated with sensory response patterns in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

2. Stephens, R.L., Sabatos-DeVito, M., & Reznick, J.S. (in prep). Revisiting the First Year Inventory with a Dimensional Approach to Assess the Predictive Value of Infant Attention Behaviors.

3. Baranek, G.T., Little, L.M., Parham, D.L., Ausderau, K., & Sabatos-DeVito, M. (2014). Sensory Features in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Chapter 16). In & F. Volkmar, R. Paul, K. Pelphrey & Rogers, S. (eds.), Handbook of Autism (4th Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. pp 378-408.

4. Adelman, J. S., Sabatos-DeVito, M. G., Marquis, S. J., & Estes, Z. (2014). Individual differences in reading aloud: A mega-study, item effects, and some models. Cognitive Psychology, 68, 113-160.

5.Adelman, J. S., Marquis, S. J., & Sabatos-DeVito, M. G., Estes, Z. (2013). The unexplained nature of reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(4), 1037-1053.

6. Dykstra, J. R., Sabatos-DeVito, M. G., Irvin, D. W., Boyd, B. A., Hume, K. A., & Odom, S. L. (2012). Using the language environment analysis (LENA) system in preschool classrooms with children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 16 (1), 27-44.

7. Adelman, J. S., Marquis, S. J., & Sabatos-DeVito, M. G. (2010). Letters in words are read simultaneously, not in left-to-right sequence. Psychological Science, 21(12), 1799 –1801.

8. Tam, H., Jarrold, C., Baddeley, A. D., & Sabatos-DeVito, M. (2010). The development of memory maintenance: Children’s use of phonological rehearsal and attentional refreshment in working memory tasks. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 107, 306-324.

9. Brand, R. J., Shallcross, W. L., Sabatos, M. G., & Massie, K. P. (2007). Fine Grained Analysis of Motionese: Eye Gaze, Object Exchanges, and Action Units in Infant- versus Adult-Directed Action. Infancy, 11 (2), 203-214.