Dr. Herrington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Associate Director of the Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. His research focuses on the neurobiology of social and emotional functions in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a particular emphasis on co-occurring anxiety disorders. His clinical work focuses on psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, and on neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment.
Dr. Herrington earned his doctorate in clinical/community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Dr. Herrington also received a masters degree from the University of Cambridge. He completed his clinical psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His predoctoral and postdoctoral training has been supported by multiple NIH training grants, including an NICHD postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.
Dr. Herrington directs an active, grant-funded research program on emotion processes and anxiety in ASD. The main emphasis of this program is to identify mechanisms responsible for the elevated rates of anxiety disorder symptoms seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder. This research uses state-of-the-art, multimodal brain imaging to examine unique and overlapping patterns of brain structure and function in children with ASD, an anxiety disorder, or both. Additional emphases of this program include the development of 1) peripheral nervous system markers, 2) eye-tracking measures, and 3) psychodiagnosis and screening instruments, all focused on understanding anxiety in the context of ASD.
Sample of Significant Publications
Herrington J, Mohanty A, Koven N, Fisher J, Stewart J, Banich M, et al. Emotion-modulated performance and activity in left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Emotion. 2005. 5(2): 200-207.
Herrington JD, Baron-Cohen S, Wheelwright SJ, Singh KD, Bullmore ET, Brammer M, et al. The role of MT+/V5 during biological motion perception in Asperger Syndrome: An fMRI study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2007. 1: 14-27.
Herrington JD, Koven NS, Miller GA, Heller W. Mapping the neural correlates of dimensions of personality, emotion and motivation. In Canli T, ed. Biology of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Guilford Publications, Inc, 2006.
Herrington JD, Sutton B, Miller GA. Data-file formats in neuroimaging: Background and tutorial. In Cacioppo JT, Tassinary LG, Berntson GG, eds. Handbook of psychophysiology 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.