Walker McKinney

BS (2017) Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


Summary

My primary research interests are focused on the neurology underlying the behavior of children with autism spectrum disorders. More specifically, I am interested in utilizing neuroimaging and eye-tracking techniques to better describe the cognitive styles of those with ASD as well as to explore predictors for responsiveness to intervention.

 

Selected Publications

Nayar K, McKinney WS, Hogan AL, Martin GE, La Valle C, Sharp K, Berry-Kravis, E, Norton, ES, Gordon, PC, Losh, M (2019). Language processing skills linked to FMR1 variation: A study of gaze-language coordination during rapid automatized naming among women with the FMR1 premutation. PLoS ONE, 14(7): e0219924. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219924

Park, SH, Wang, Z, McKinney, WS, Khemani, P, Lui, S, Christou, EA, & Mosconi, MW (2019). Functional motor control deficits in older FMR1 premutation carriers. Experimental Brain Research, 237(9), 2269-2278, doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05566-3

Nayar, K, Gordon, PC, Martin, GE, Hogan, A, La Valle, C, McKinney, WS, Lee, M, Norton, ES, & Losh, M (2018). Links between looking and speaking in autism and first-degree relatives: Insights into the expression of genetic liability to autism. Molecular Autism, 9(51), doi:10.1186/s13229-018-0233-5

Nayar, K., Hogan-Brown, A., La Valle, C., McKinney, W., Gordon, P.C., Martin, G., & Losh, M. “Language Processing as a Marker of Genetic Liability to Autism: An eye tracking study.” Manuscript in preparation.

Nayar, K., Hogan-Brown, A., La Valle, C., McKinney, W., Gordon, P.C., Martin, G., & Losh, M. “Rapid Automatized Naming in Fragile X Premutation Carriers.” Manuscript in preparation.

Selected Presentations

Wang, Z., Chen, J., In, E., McKinney, W.S., Li, Z., Mosconi, M.W. “Differential utilization of visual and proprioceptive information for postural control stability in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)”, to be presented at Neuroscience 2019, Chicago, IL, 2019

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K., Wang, Z., Mosconi, M.W. “Precision sensorimotor control and neurophysiology in aging FMR1 premutation carriers”, presented at the International Society for Autism Research 2019 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. 2019

Nayar, K., Winston, M., Hogan, A.L., McKinney, W.S., Martin, G.E., Barstein, J., La Valle, C., Losh, M. “Links between autism and the FMR1 premutation: Insights from studies of gaze, language, and cognition in carriers of the FMR1 premutation”, presented at the International Society for Autism Research 2019 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. 2019

McKinney, W.S., Wang, Z., Park, S.H., Christou, E.A. Mosconi, M.W. “Precision sensorimotor control in aging FMR1 premutation carriers ", presented at the Midwest Fragile X Research Exchange. Madison, WI. 2019

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K., Wang, Z., Schmitt, L.M., Bushong, M., Mosconi, M.W. “Neurophysiological processes of precision motor control in aging Fragile X premutation carriers”, presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Kansas City, KS. 2018

Maye, C.E., Swindler, S., McKinney, W.S., & Mosconi M.W. “Sleep issues and psychological mechanisms in individuals with ASD and ADHD”, presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference. Washington, DC. 2018

McKinney, W.S., Unruh, K., Wang, Z., Schmitt, L.M., Bushong, M., Mosconi, M.W. “Neurophysiological processes of precision motor control in aging Fragile X premutation carriers”, presented at the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) Autism Across the Life Span Conference, Edwards, KS, 2018

Nayar, K., Hogan-Brown, A., La Valle, C., McKinney, W.S., Gordon, P.C., Martin, G.E., Kravis, E.B., Awad, A., Pounardjian, T., Zhou, L., Losh, M. “An investigation of language processing in premutation carriers: insights from eye-tracking”, presented at the International Fragile X Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2016

Nayar, K., Hogan-Brown, A., La Valle, C., McKinney, W.S., Gordon, P.C., Martin, G.E., Losh, M. “Language processing as a marker of genetic liability to autism: an eye tracking study”, presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD, 2016


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