Jeffrey Hutsler

Jeffrey Hutsler

Associate Professor


Jeffrey Hutsler's expertise is in the organization of the human cortex, and his current research is focused on the microanatomical organization of the human brain in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

In 2010, he received the Slifka-Ritvo Award for Innovation in Autism Research from International Society for Autism Research.

He teaches both human neuropsychology and developmental neuropsychology at the undergraduate level, as well as a graduate-level neuropsychology of autism course and an evolutionary psychology course. In May 2013, Hutsler received the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Research Interests

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral cortex organization and development


  • PSY 210 - Introductory Statistics
  • PSY 301 - Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 446 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PSY 499 - Developmental Neuropsychology
  • PSY 762 - Neuropsychology of Autism
  • PSY 762 - Evolutionary Psychology


  • Ph.D., Physiological Psychology, University of California, Davis, 1993
  • M.A., Physiological Psychology, University of California, Davis, 1991
  • B.A., Psychology, San Jose State University, 1988
  • Hutsler, J. J., Love, T and Zhang (2007). Histological and MRI assessment of cortical layering and thickness in autism spectrum disorders. Biological Psychiatry 61:449-457.
  • Hutsler, J. J. and Zhang, H. (2010) Increased dendritic spine densities on cortical pyramidal neurons in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Brain Research 1309:83-94.
  • Avino, T. and Hutsler, J.J. (2010). Abnormal cell patterning at the cortical gray-white matter boundary in autism spectrum disorders. Brain Research
  • Hutsler, J. J. and Avino, T.* (2013) Sigmoid fits to locate and characterize boundaries in typical and atypical human cerebral cortex. J of Neuroscience Methods