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Susan L. Hyman, M.D.

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Susan. L. Hyman, M.D., has three decades of experience treating and researching autism spectrum disorders and is the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on autism, frequently acting as a spokesperson for the organization. Hyman's recent research has focused on the diet and nutrition of children with autism and on the most effective behavioral treatments for the developmental disorder. She is well-versed in current research of the genetic and potential environmental causes of autism and of the important role of parents in treating children.

Hyman is no stranger to controversy, wading into the hot topic of vaccines and their lack of association with autism in the national media. Her research on the gluten- and casein-free diet, popular for children with autism, showed that the diet had no impact on their behavior when they don’t have gastrointestinal issues. Hyman works with colleagues at the University of Rochester on the differences in language development and taste and smell for children with autism.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the sizable jump in autism prevalence rates in 2012, officials tapped Hyman to help explain the development to the national media.