Laura B. Silverman, Ph.D.

Laura B. Silverman, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 671
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-5962
Administrative: (585) 275-0355
Fax: (585) 275-3366

Research Bio

Dr. Silverman's research program focuses broadly on communication and multisensory functioning in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her current studies examine how adolescents with ASD process other people's language and hand gestures during typical social interactions. She endeavors to better understand whether children with ASD can integrate the information that they hear (speech) with information that they see (gestures and body language) to make sense of a speaker's message. Dr. Silverman examines this question using eye-tracking methodologies, and through collaborations with colleagues in diverse fields, including music and neurobiology.

Dr. Silverman is also involved in a number of treatment-based research studies that examine the utility of behavior-based interventions, medication, and self-advocacy programs on behavioral outcomes in children with ASD. She believes strongly that research should inform clinical practice, and that the clinical concerns of families should drive research questions. As a result, she works hard to keep her research clinically relevant.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Dissertation Award - Best Behavioral Dissertation | International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR) 2008
Helen and Vincent Nowlis Award for Excellence in Teaching | Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology | University of Rochester 2003
Cum Laude in Psychology | Vassar College 1996

Recent Journal Articles

Silverman, L., Hollway, J. A., Smith, T., Aman, M. G., Arnold, L. E., Pan,X., Li, X., & Handen, B. L. "A Multisite Trial of Atomoxetine and Parent Training in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Rationale and Design Challenges". Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2014; : 899-907.
Aman, M.G., Smith, T., Arnold, L.E., Corbett-Dick, P., Tumuluru, R.V., Hollway, J.A., Hyman, S.L., Mendoza-Burchamm, M.I., Pan, X., Mruzek, D., Lecavalier, L., Levato, L., Silverman, L.B., Handen, B. "A review of atomoxetine in young people with developmental disabilities". Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2014; : 1412-1424.
Bing, N., Kovacs, E., Sikora, D., Silverman, L., Lantz, J., Handen, B., Rieger, R., Mitchell, Z., & Srivorakiat, L. "A Parent's Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis". Autism Speaks Toolkit Series. 2012; .
Silverman, L.B., Bennetto, L., Campana, E., Tanenhaus, M.K. "Speech and gesture integration in high-functioning autism." Cognition. 2010; 115: 380-393.
Silverman, L.B.; Minshew, N.J.; Bennetto, L. "Semantic processing and verbal recall in adults with autism." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2002; 8: 235.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Clinical Psychology | University of Rochester2007
MA | Clinical Psychology | University of Rochester2002
BA | Psychology | Vassar College1996

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/2006 - 06/30/2008
Internship in Clinical Psychology at University of California Los Angeles07/01/2005 - 05/30/2006