Timothy Soto, PhD Timothy Soto, PhD

timothy_soto@williamjames.edu

Role(s)

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Degrees

  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MA Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MA Psychology in Education, Teachers College - Columbia University
  • BA California State University Los Angeles

Teaching

  • Learning Theory
  • Research

Research and Practice Interests

In addition to expertise in conducting neuropsychological, psychological, and educational evaluations with individuals with learning and social-emotional challenges, Dr. Soto’s research and clinical interests focus on enhancing the identification and characterization of ASD from infancy through young adulthood.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts

Awards

  • Organization for Autism Research, Research Grant Recipient
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, Bollinger Dissertation Grant Recipient 

Publications and Presentations

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Green, S.A., Ben-Sasson, A., Soto, T.W., & Carter, A.S. (2012). Anxiety and sensory over-responsivity in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: Bidirectional effects across time. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 42(6), 1112-1119.

Ben-Sasson, A., Soto, T.W., Martinez-Pedraza, F., & Carter, A.S. (2013). Early sensory over-responsivity in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders as a predictor of family impairment and parenting stress. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(8), 846-853.

Ben-Sasson, A., Soto, T.W., Heberle, A., Briggs-Gowan, M.J., & Carter, A.S. (2014). Early and concurrent features of ADHD and sensory over-responsivity symptom clusters. Journal of Attention Disorders.  doi:10.1177/1087054714543495

Soto, T.W., Kiss, I.G., & Carter, A.S. (2016) Symptom presentations and classifications of autism spectrum disorder in early childhood: Application to the DC: 0-5. Infant Mental Health Journal, 0(0), 1-12.

Soto, T.W., Wainwright, L., Carter, A.S., Munir, K., Noens, I., & Pauls, D.L. (in preparation/ to be submitted). Examining the relation between sensory over-responsivity and obsessive-compulsive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder.

Soto, T.W., Carter, A.S., Wainwright, L.,  & Eisenhower, A. (in preparation/to be submitted). Identifying Sensory Symptoms as a Diagnostic Indicator of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Mian, N.D., Soto, T.W., Briggs-Gowam, M.J., & Carter, A.S. (under review) Family life impairment scale: Factor structure and clinical utility.

CHAPTERS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

Kraper, C., Soto, T., & Carter, A.S. (2014). Obsessions and Compulsions: The developmental and familial context.  In M. Lewis & K. Randolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, 3rd Edition (pp. 561-579). New York, NY: Springer.

Kraper, C., & Soto, T. (2012). “Picture Arrangement”. In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Soto, T.W. (2012). "Floor Effect". In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Soto, T.W. (2012). "Item Analysis". In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Soto, T.W. (2012). "Processing Speed Index". In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Soto, T.W. (2012). "Regression Analysis". In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Soto, T.W. (2012). "Subtest Scatter". In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Soto, T.W., Slade, N.D., Carter, A.S., & Eisenhower, A.S. (2014, May). Accommodations made by parents raising children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, Atlanta, GA.

Soto, T.W. & Carter, A.S. (March, 2014). Predictors of obsessive compulsive behaviors in toddlers with ASD. Poster presented at the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference, Chicago, IL.

Soto, T.W., Wainwright, L., Carter, A.S., Noens, I., Pauls, D.L., & Tsatsanis, K. (2012, May). Examining the relation between sensory sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders as moderated by early language acquisition. Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON. 

Soto, T.W., Kaplan-Levy, S., Heberle, A., Carter, A.S., & Eisenhower, A. (2012, May). Parental psychopathology as a risk factor for child internalizing and externalizing behaviors in a low-income sample. Poster presented at the annual Society for Prevention Research conference, Washington, D.C.

Soto, T.W. Carter, A.S., & Pauls, D.L. (2012, August). The relation of sensory sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive behaviors in autism. Poster presented at the annual American Psychological Association conference, Orlando, FL.

Maye, M., Martinez-Pedraza, F., Soto, T.W., Anderson, D.K., Lord, C.E., & Wainwright, L. (2012, August). Psychotropic Medication Use in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

Mian, N.D., Soto, T.W. Martinez-Pedraza, F., Maye, M. & Carter, A.S. (2012, May). Clinical validation of the family life impairment scale in families raising a toddler on the autism spectrum. Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON.

Maye, M., Martinez-Pedraza, F., Soto, T.W., Anderson, D.K., C.E. Lord, & Wainwright, L. (2012, May). Medication Use Among a Cohort of Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON.  

Martinez-Pedraza, F., Soto, T.W., Maye, M., & Carter, A.S. (May, 2012). Dyadic Effects of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Well-Being in Family Impairment. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, ON.  

Soto, T.W., Kraper, C.K., Carter, A.S., & Pauls, D.L. (2012, April). Sensory over-responsivity in relatives of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Poster presented at the annual Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference, Arlington, VA.

Soto, T.W., Martinez-Pedraza, F., & Carter, A.S. (2011, May).  Bidirectional relationship between mother and child anxiety symptoms in families of young children with autism and the effects of child’s sensory over-responsivity.  Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA. 

Martinez-Pedraza, F., Soto, T.W., Maye, M., & Carter, A.S. (2011, May).  A preliminary examination of maternal depression in mothers of infants at risk for ASD.  Poster presented at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA.

Mian, N.D., Soto, T.W., & Carter, A.S. (2011, March).  The relationship between anxiety symptoms, parenting stress, and family impairment in young children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders of America Association, New Orleans, LA.

Soto, T.W., Mian, N., O’Boyle, M.C., Briggs-Gowan, M.J., & Carter, A.S. (2010, June).  Factor structure of the family life impairment scale.  Poster presented at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Staff Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor, University of Massachsuetts Boston
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lurie Center for Autism & Aspire
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Instructor

Professional Affiliations

  • International Soceity for Autism Research