Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute 

120 Hamm Drive, Suite 2
Lewisburg, PA 17837 

©2019 Troiani Lab


Research in our lab uses translational methodologies to better understand how differences in the brain impact motivational processes and visual attention and how this manifests in various brain disorders.


Research Interests

Broadly, Dr. Troiani is interested in how innate motivation or homeostatic drives change activity in the brain and subsequently alter attention and perception. Her research aims to understand the behavioral and genetic contributions to atypical motivational circuitry in the brain and how this contributes to psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Troiani studies the structure and function of brain regions involved in motivated attention, including reward-processing structures like the amygdala, nucleus accumbens, and orbitofrontal cortex. Her scientific worldview is inherently multidisciplinary, as she is interested in how atypical motivation can manifest in multiple disorders, from autism to obesity to addiction. Dr. Troiani uses a variety of techniques in this work, including psychophysics, eye tracking, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, electronic health record analysis, and genomics.

Highlighted Research

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Eye Tracking and Pupillometry


Genetics and Addiction


Brain Structure & Function

Recent News

Student Intern William Snyder Takes 2nd Place at Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association Conference

January 28, 2020

William Snyder’s poster on a novel method of analyzing the behavioral profiles of regions that show atypical connectivity in autism spectrum disorder won 2nd place for Life Sciences at the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association conference.