Brad Ferguson MA, PhD


Brad Ferguson, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Neurology primarily engaged in research in co-occurring conditions, especially gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and the stress response in people with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Ferguson is also involved in multiple clinical trials in autism. He employs a wide range of methodologies in his research (e.g., heart rate variability, skin conductance, MRI/fMRI, ELISA, wearables, questionnaires) and enjoys collaborating with interdisciplinary colleagues.

Dr. Ferguson is also a research faculty member at the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment and is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) at MU. His research has been funded by the United States Department of Defense, Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network, Autism Research Intervention Network on Physical Health (AS ATN AIR-P), the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the MU Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Program.

Academic Information

Assistant Research Professor


1 Hospital Dr
University Hospital and Clinics
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-8668

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms in autism
  • Clinical trials in autism
  • Precision medicine in autism
  • Neurotrauma in the military
  • Creativity

Areas of Expertise

  • Autism research
  • Stress
  • Psychophysiology
  • Clinical trials
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Wearable technology in research settings

Education & Training


2016 PhD, University of Missouri
2010 MA, Middle Tennessee State University
2005 BA, University of North Texas


2017 - 2019 University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Radiology & Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment

Awards & Honors

External Positions

  • Scientific Advisory Board - Autism Research Institute
  • Treasurer - Acute Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (AENC) Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
  • Board Member - Brain Injury Association of Missouri

MU Affiliations

  • MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment Research Faculty
  • MU Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) Doctoral Faculty
  • MU Graduate School Doctoral Faculty
  • MU School of Health Professions Doctoral Faculty
  • MU Honors College Faculty
  • MU School of Medicine, Department of Radiology Courtesy Appointment
  • National Science Foundation Neuroscience Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) Faculty Mentor
  • MU School of Medicine Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Initiative

Journal Service

  • Editorial Board – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • (JADD)
  • Associate Editor - Journal of Child Science
  • Associate Editor - Frontiers in Developmental Psychology; Pediatric Psychology
  • Review Board - Creativity Research Journal

Professional Society Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society


For the most updated list of Dr. Ferguson's publications, view his ResearchGate profile.

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