Patient Care Bio
Tristram Smith, Ph.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). His commitment to serving children with autism began in 1982, when he had the opportunity to volunteer as a buddy for an adult with autism who lived nearby his college. This experience led to an invitation to enter graduate school at UCLA, where he studied clinical psychology and worked as a therapist and researcher in the UCLA Young Autism Project. After completing his doctoral work, he directed clinics in California, Iowa, and Washington State. He moved to URMC in 2000, where he is currently a behavior specialist in the Community Consultation Program in the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and a researcher who conducts studies aimed at identifying effective interventions for children with autism. He has authored a number of studies suggesting that behavioral interventions may be especially effective when implemented intensively (more than 20 hours per week) and early (beginning prior to the age of five years).
He is currently an investigator in several federally-funded studies comparing outcomes obtained by different interventions for children with autism.