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Michaela Cordova, M.S.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

San Diego

Areas of Research

Neuropsychology, Pediatric, Neurodevelopmental Conditions (ASD, ADHD, LDs), Structural Imaging


My primary research interest is structural imaging (white matter tracts and subcortical structures) and their relationships to executive function in autistic persons across the lifespan (toddlers to middle-aged and older adults). I’m also a LEND trainee and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.


  1. B.S., Psychology
    Portland State University
  1. Cordova, M., Antovich, D., Ryabinin, P, Neighbor, C., Mooney, M., Dieckmann, N., Miranda-Dominguez, O., Nagel, B., Fair, D., Nigg, J. (2022) ADHD: Restricted Phenotypes Prevalence, Comorbidity, and Polygenic Risk Sensitivity in ABCD Baseline Cohort. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.31234/
  2. Cordova, M., Shada, K., Demeter, D.V., Doyle, O., Miranda-Dominguez, O., Perrone, A., Schifsky, E., Graham, A., Fombonne, E., Langhorst, B., Nigg, J., Fair, D.A., Feczko, E. (2020) Heterogeneity of executive function revealed by a functional random forest approach across ADHD and ASD. NeuroImage: Clinical. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2020.102245
  3. Marek, S., Tervo-Clemmens, B., Nielsen, A., Wheelock, M., Miller, R., Laumann, T., Earl, E., Foran, W., Cordova, M., Doyle, O., Perrone, A., Miranda-Dominguez, O., Feczko, E., Sturgeon, D., Graham, A., Hermosillo, R., Snider, K., Galassi, A., Nagel, B., Feldstein Ewing, S., Eggebrecht, A., Garavan, H., Dale, A., Greene, D., Barch, D., Fair, D.A., Luna, B., Dosenbach, N. (2019) Identifying Reproducible Individual Differences in Childhood Functional Brain Networks: An ABCD Study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2019.100706
  4. Henry, T.R., Feczko, E., Cordova, M., Earl, E., Williams, S., Nigg, J., Fair, D.A., Gates, K.M. (2019). Comparing Directed Functional Connectivity Between Groups with Confirmatory Subgrouping GIMME. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.12.040
  5. Karalunas, S.L., Hawkey, E., Gustafsson, H., Miller, M., Langhorst, B., Cordova, M., Fair, D.A., Nigg, J. (2018) Overlapping and distinct cognitive impairments in attention-deficit/hyperactivity and autism spectrum disorder without intellectual disability. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-017-0394-2
  6. Feczko, E., Balba, N., Miranda-Dominguez, O., Cordova, M., Karalunas, S.L., Irwin, L., Demeter, D.V., Hill, A.P., Langhorst, B., Grieser-Painter, J., Van Santen, J., Fombonne, E., Nigg, J., Fair, D.A. (2017). Subtyping cognitive profiles in autism spectrum disorder using a random forest algorithm. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.12.044
  7. Mills, B., Miranda-Dominguez, O., Mills, K., Earl, E., Cordova, M., Grieser-Painter, J., Karalunas, S., Nigg, J., Fair, D.A. (2017). ADHD and attentional control: Impaired segregation of task positive and task negative brain networks. Network Neuroscience. doi:10.1162/NETN_a_00034
Awards & Honors
  1. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Fall 2020)
  2. San Diego State University Graduate Fellowship (Fall 2020)