• Dr. Jennifer Frymiare

Jennifer L Frymiare

My research focuses on the autism spectrum. More specifically, I am interested in autistic cognitive strengths and attitudes toward autism. Recently, my students and I have explored spatial reasoning, creativity, and implicit and explicit attitudes toward autism and disability.

Jennifer L. Frymiare, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College, a small liberal arts (Ursinus-like) college in North Carolina. She later received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She joined the Ursinus College Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program in 2011.

Dr. Frymiare is a cognitive neuroscientist with a research focus on the autism spectrum. She uses multiple methods ranging from traditional behavioral measures (self-report, response time, and accuracy) to eye-tracking and electroencephalographic techniques. She currently has two main research lines (measuring autistic traits and identifying strengths and weaknesses in autistic cognition) in addition to a budding interest in pedagogy. 

Dr. Frymiare welcomes students to do research in her lab, including students on the autism spectrum.




  • B.S., Davidson College
  • M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison


CIE-200 The Common Intellectual Experience

NEUR-200Q Research Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience

PSYC-200WQ Introductory Research Methods and Statistics

NEUR/PSYC-332 Cognitive Neuroscience

NEUR/PSYC-432 Advanced Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

NEUR/PSYC-466 Seminar: Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum

Research Interests

Neurodiversity; Autistic traits; Visual and auditory perception; Hierarchical processing; Social communication; Motor skills; Praxis; Structural assessment of knowledge; Pathfinder networks

Recent Work

Note: Dr. Stevenson had a name change to Dr. Frymiare in June of 2021.

*student co-author

Stevenson, J. L. & *Dalasio, N. L. (2020). From awareness to acceptance: Transformative approaches to teaching neurodiversity. In T. M. Ober, E. Che, J. E. Brodsky, C. Raffaele, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.)., How we teach now: GSTA guide to transformative teaching (pp. 178-192). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website:

Stevenson, J. L., & *Mowad, T. G. (2019). Explicit associations with autism and disability. Autism in Adulthood, 1(4), 258-267.

Stevenson, J.L., & *Nonack [Foggo], M.B. (2018). Gender differences in mental rotation strategy depend on degree of autistic traits. Autism Research, 11, 1024-1037.

Gernsbacher, M.A., Raimond, A., Stevenson, J.L., Boston, J., & Harp, B. (2018). Do puzzle pieces and autism puzzle piece logos evoke negative associations? Autism, 22, 118-125.

*Black, E., Stevenson, J.L., & Bish, J.P. (2017). The role of musical experience in hemispheric lateralization of global and local auditory processing. Perception, 46, 956-975.

Gernsbacher, M.A., Stevenson, J.L., & Dern, S. (2017). Specificity, contexts, and reference groups matter when assessing autistic traits. PLoS One, 12, e0171931.

Stevenson, J.L., & Hart, K.R. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient for assessing low and high levels of autistic traits in college students. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 1838-1853.

Stevenson, J.L., *Lindley, C.E., & *Murlo, N. (2017). Retrospectively assessed early motor and current pragmatic language skills in autistic and neurotypical children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 124, 777-794.

Stevenson, J.L., *Shah, S., & Bish, J.P. (2016). Use of structural assessment of knowledge for outcomes assessment in the neuroscience classroom. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15, A38-A43. Retrieved from

Stevenson, J.L., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2013). Abstract spatial reasoning as an autistic strength. PLoS ONE, 8, e59329.

Stevenson, J.L., Harp, B., & Gernsbacher, M.A. (2011). Infantilizing autism. Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3). Retrieved from