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Mikle South, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology



Mikle South is Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. He received a BA from Yale University followed by a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah, working with Dr. Sally Ozonoff. He returned to Yale for postdoctoral training in developmental neuroimaging. His research program is focused on understanding the interaction of anxiety and autism in brain and behavior. He loves playing soccer and eating good pizza.


  • PhD, University of Utah, 2005
  • MS, University of Utah, 2001
  • BA, Yale University, 1994

Research Interests

My lab conducts research on emotion regulation and decision making, especially in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We study the shared brain mechanisms that underlie associated anxiety and autism symptoms. We use behavioral, psychophysiological (e.g., skin conductance, cardiac impedance), electroencephalography (EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods to measure response to various kinds of stress. I have active collaborations both on campus and internationally.

Professional Affiliations

  • Utah Psychological Association
  • International Society for Autism Research

Publication Info

  • E. Anderberg, Jonathan C Cox, Eleanor Shannon Neeley Tass, David McConkie Erekson, Terisa P Gabrielsen, Jared Scott Warren, Jared Cline, Devin Peterson, Mikle Don South (2017). Sticking with it: psychotherapy outcomes for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a college counseling center setting. Autism Research.
  • Max Maisel, Kevin Stephenson, Mikle Don South, Jacqui Rodgers, Mark H Freeston, Sebastian Gaigg (2016). Modeling the Cognitive Mechanisms Linking Autism Symptoms and Anxiety in Adults. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
  • Mikle Don South, David N Top, Kevin Stephenson, Christopher R Doxey, Michael J Crowley, Christopher B Kirwan (2016). Atypical amygdala response to fear conditioning in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
  • E Lough, M Hanley, J Rodgers, Mikle Don South, H Kirk, D P Kennedy, D M Riby (2015). Violations of Personal Space in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Williams Syndrome: Insights from the Social Responsiveness Scale.
  • Whitney Worsham, Whitney E. Gray, Michael J Larson, Mikle Don South (2015). Conflict adaptation and congruency sequence effects to social-emotional stimuli in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Autism.
  • Mikle Don South, C A Nielson, K G Stephenson, M E Maisel, D N Top, Christopher B Kirwan (2015). Overactive Pattern Separation Memory Associated With Negative Emotionality in Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Ann Clawson, Peter Clayson, Mikle Don South, Erin David Bigler, Michael J Larson (2015). An Electrophysiological investigation of interhemispheric transfer time in individuals with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • James McPartland, Raphael Bernier, Mikle Don South (2014). Realizing the Translational Promise of Psychophysiological Research in ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Sarah Wigham, Jacqui Rodgers, Mikle Don South, Helen McConachie, Mark H Freeston (2014). The interplay between sensory processing abnormalities, intolerance of uncertainty, anxiety and restricted and repetitive behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Ann Clawson, Peter E Clayson, Whitney Worsham, Oliver Johnston, Mikle Don South, Michael J Larson (2014). How about watching others? Observation of error-related feedback by others in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Psychophysiology.