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Marilee Martens

Dr. Martens has two lines of Williams syndrome research. First, she uses neuroimaging to help understand how altered brain development is expressed in specific aspects of the WS cognitive and behavioral phenotype. Her second line of research is translational in nature, i.e. she is interested in conducting research that can be used to improve educational and behavioral outcomes for individuals with Williams syndrome. Dr. Martens facilitates a Support Group for families who have children with Williams syndrome and is the psychologist for the Williams Syndrome Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary clinic that includes specialists from Nisonger Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Selected Publications

Martens, M.A., Jones, L., & Reiss, S. (2006). Organ transplantation, organ donation, and mental retardation. Pediatric Transplantation, 10, 658-664.

Martens, M.A., Wilson, S.J., & Reutens, D.C. (2008). Research Review: Williams syndrome: A critical review of the cognitive, behavioral, and neuroanatomical phenotype. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 576-608.

Martens, M.A., Wilson, S.J., Dudgeon, P., & Reutens, D.C. (2009). Approachability and the amygdala: Insights from Williams syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2446-2453.

Martens, M.A., Reutens, D.C., & Wilson, S.J. (2010). Auditory cortical volumes and musical ability in Williams syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2602-2609.

Martens, M.A., Jungers, M.K., & Steele, A.L. (2011). Effect of musical experience on verbal memory in Williams syndrome: Evidence from a novel word learning task. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3093-3102.

Martens, M.A., Seyfer, D.L., Andridge, R.R., Foster, J.E.A., Chowdhury, M., McClure, K.E., & Coury, D.L. (2012). Use of antidepressant, anxiolytic, and antipsychotic medications in individuals with Williams syndrome: Effectiveness and adverse effects. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 2106-2121

Martens, M.A., Hasinski, A.E., Andridge, R.R., & Cunningham, W.A. (2012). Continuous cognitive dynamics of the evaluation of trustworthiness in Williams syndrome. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology,3, 1-9. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00160.

Martens, M.A., Wilson, S.J., Chen, J., Wood, A.G., &Reutens, D.C. (2012, In press). Handedness and corpus callosal morphology in Williams syndrome. Development and Psychopathology.

Opfer, J.E., & Martens, M.A.(2012, In press). Atypical trajectories of representational change: A microgenetic study of numeric representation in individuals with Williams syndrome. Developmental Science.