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Thayne Sweeten

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Regional Campus & Distance Education

Senior Lecturer - Biology Department

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

Office Location: Brigham City Campus
DialPhone: 435-797-1784 (ext 243)

Educational Background

PhD, Medical Neurobiology, Indiana University, 2003
Immune Activation and Autoimmunity in Autism
BS, Psychology, Utah State University, 1997


Researcher of the Year, 2014, 2014

Utah State University Brigham City

National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, 2009

National Academy of Science

Dissertation Award, 2004

International Society for Autism Research

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Sweeten, T.L, McDougle, C.J, (2016). Immunological Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Primer on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oxford University Press *
    • Sweeten, T.L, (2015). Connected Classrooms: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Distance Teaching.: Understanding student attitudes and behaviors in the interactive video conference versus face-to-face biology classroom. . Routledge Research in Education Series. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. *
    • Sweeten, T.L, (2013). Assessing student attitues and behaviors in IVC vs. face-to-face classes: an intstructor's inquiry: Yager's Exemplary College Teaching. National Science Teachers Association Press
    • Westover, J., Sweeten, T.L, Benson, M., Bray-Ward, ., Torres, A., , (2011). Immune Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Autism - A Neurodevelopmental Journey from Genes to Behaviour .

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Torres, A.R, Sweeten, T.L, Johnson, R.C, Odell, D., Westover, J.B, Bray-Ward, P., Ward, D.C, Davies, C., Thomas, A., Croen, L.A, Benson, M., (2016). Common Genetic Variants Found in HLA and KIR Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, Article 463. doi: doi:10.3389/fnins.2016.00463
        • Grether, J., Ashwood, P., Van de Water, J., Yolken, R., Anderson, M.C, Torres, A., Westover, J., Sweeten, T.L, Hansen, R.L, Kharrazi, M., Croen, L., (2016). Prenatal and newborn immunoglobulin levels from mother-child pairs and risk of autism spectrum disorders.. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 18:10, 213. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00218.
        • Stigler, K.A, Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, McDougle, C.J, (2009). Autism and immune factors: A comprehensive review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 840-860.
        • Libbey, J.E, Coon, H., Kirkman, N.J, Sweeten, T.L, Miller, J.N, Stevenson, E.K, Lainhart, J.E, McMahon, W.M, Fujinama, R.S, (2008). Are there enhanced MBP autoantibodies in autism? . Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 38, 324-332.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Odell, D.W, Odell, J.D, Torres, A.R, (2008). C4B null alleles are not associated with genetic polymorphisms in the adjacent gene CYP21A2 in autism. BMC Medical Genetic, 9:1
        • Kirkman, N.J, Libbey, J.E, Sweeten, T.L, Coon, H., Miller, J., Stevenson, E.K, Lainhart, J., McMahon, W.M, Fujinami, R.S, (2008). How relevant are GFAP autoantibodies in autism and Tourette syndrome?. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 333-341.
        • Libbey, J.E, Coon, H.H, Kirkman, N.J, Sweeten, T.L, Miller, J.N, Lainhart, J.E, McMahon, W.M, Fujinami, R.S, (2007). Are there altered antibody responses to measles, mumps or rubella viruses in autism?. Journal of Neurovirology , 13, 252-259.
        • Burgess, N.K, Sweeten, T.L, McMahon, W.M, Fujinami, R.S, (2006). Hyperserotoninemia and Altered Immunity in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 36, 697-704.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Taylor, M.W, Posey, D.J, McDougle, C.J, (2006). Plasma kynurenine levels in autistic disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities , 18, 419-425.
        • Torres, A.R, Sweeten, T.L, Cutler, A., Bedke, B.J, Fillmore, M., Stubbs, E.G, Odell, D., (2006). The association and linkage of the HLA-A2 class I allele with autism. Human Immunology , 67, 346-351.
        • Libbey, J.E, Sweeten, T.L, McMahon, W.M, Fujinami, R.S, (2005). Autistic disorder and viral infections. Journal of Neurovirology , 11, 1-10.
        • Posey, D.J, Kem, D.L, Swiezy, N.B, Sweeten, T.L, Wiegand, R.E, McDougle, C.J, (2004). A pilot study of D-cycloserine in subjects with autistic disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 2115-2117.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Fujinami, R.S, (2004). A potential link between measles virus and autism: age-matched control groups are essential [letter]. Pediatric Neurology , 30:78
        • Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, McDougle, C.J, (2004). Autistic disorder in three children with cytomegalovirus infection. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 34, 583-586.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, Shankar, S., McDougle, C.J, (2004). High nitric oxide production in autistic disorder: A possible role for interferon-gamma. Biological Psychiatry , 55, 434-437.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, McDougle, C.J, (2003). High blood monocyte counts and neopterin levels in children with autistic disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry , 160, 1691-1693.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, Bowyer, S.L, McDougle, C.J, (2003). Increased prevalence of familial autoimmunity in probands with pervasive developmental disorders. Pediatrics, 112, E420.
        • Fujinami, R.S, Sweeten, T.L, (2003). Letting antibodies get to your head [comments]. . Nature Medicine , 9, 823-825.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Posey, D.J, Shekhar, A., McDougle, C.J, (2002). The amygdala and related structures in the pathophysiology of autism. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior , 71, 449-455.
        • Sweeten, T.L, Ferris, M., McDougle, C.J, Kwo, P., Taylor, M.W, (2001). Induction of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase in vivo by IFN-con1. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research , 21, 631-633.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other


                • Habashi, J., Sweeten, T.L, Whitlock, K., (2013). Does MMR Vaccine Cause Autism? Assessing the Science.. Psychology Teacher Network
                • Newspaper

                • Sweeten, T.L, (2015). Benefits of vaccinations supported by research. Guest Editorial in The Box Elder News Journal *
                • Sweeten, T.L, (2015). Vaccines – Positives vs. Possibilities. . Guest Commentary in the Tremonton Leader/Garland Times *
                • Sweeten, T.L, (2015). Weighing immunizations fears as both a father and scientist. . The Herald Journal *

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                Scheduled Teaching

                Graduate Students Mentored