Josepheen De Asis Cruz, M.D., Ph.D.

Staff Scientist III

Josepheen De Asis Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., is a Staff Scientist III who joined the Developing Brain Institute in September 2014. Dr. Cruz’s research focuses on characterizing neurodevelopment in fetuses and neonates using resting state functional MRI (fMRI). She joined the Institute after finishing her Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine where she studied neural markers of impaired social cognition in autism spectrum disorders using fMRI. Prior to her Ph.D., she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and medical degree at the University of the Philippines.

Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab

Recent Publications & Presentations

De Asis-Cruz J, Krishnamurthy D, Zhao L, Kapse K, Vezina G, Andescavage N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C.
Association of prenatal maternal anxiety with fetal regional brain connectivity JAMA Network Open. Published 2020, Dec. 7;3(12):e2022349. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22349 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33284334/
De Asis-Cruz J, Kapse K, Basu SK, Said M, Scheinost D, Murnick J, Chang T, du Plessis A, Limperopoulos C.
Functional brain connectivity in ex utero premature infants compared to in utero fetuses
[published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 11]. Neuroimage. 2020;219:117043. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117043 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32534962/
Bouyssi-Kobar M, De Asis-Cruz J, Murnick J, Chang T, Limperopoulos C.
Altered functional brain network integration, segregation and modularity in very preterm infants at term equivalent age.
Journal of Pediatrics 2019;213:13-21.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.06.030 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31358292/