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Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Autism & Developmental DisabilitiesWe have a wide network of investigators with long-standing collaborative relationships across the University of Rochester and with other universities to study causes, characteristics, and care of children and youth with autism and other developmental disorders.

A multidisciplinary team is studying the comparative efficacy of interventions for children and youth with ASD for enhancing language development, reducing challenging behavior, and increasing the capacity of educators to deliver services in public schools. Other research is being conducted to elucidate nutritional, sleep, genetic, and family factors associated with autism. Basic studies are also underway to understand the neurobiology and behavioral responses of individuals with autism. Additional foci of research in this area include substantial work in the area of developmental neurotoxicology, as well as additional work investigating developmental screening practices and the promotion of optimal development among high risk children. Funding from NIH, HRSA, and private foundations has allowed for significant growth in this area of research.

Investigators

Robin Adair, M.D., M.M.H.S.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D.
Medicine

Lynn Cole, M.S.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Philip Davidson, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Susan Hyman, M.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

David McAdam, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Daniel Mruzek, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Deborah Napolitano, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Laura Robinson, M.P.H.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Jessica Roesser, M.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Laura Silverman, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Stephen Sulkes, M.D.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics