J. Kelley Yost, Ph.D.

J. Kelley Yost, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-2986
Fax: (585) 275-3366

Research Bio

Dr. Yost is the Psychologist/evaluator for URMC's participation in an NICHD long term follow-up study of extremely low birth weight (less than 1000g) babies, mostly due to extreme prematurity.

Dr. Yost is interested in cognitive patterns of children with autism spectrum disorders as evidenced in the Leiter International Performance Scale II, a test of nonverbal abilities.

He is currently involved in research on sleep patterns and/or disorders in both children and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as children adopted from foreign countries in a general pediatric practice. Preliminarily, these groups have a higher than average rate of sleep disruption which contributes to emotional and behavioral functioning in other areas of their lives as well as those around them.

Dr. Yost is part of the Seychelles Child Development Study, a long-term study examining the effects of methylmercury in ocean fish on children's development.

Recent Journal Articles

2013 Sep
van Wijngaarden E, Davidson PW, Smith TH, Evans K, Yost K, Love T, Thurston SW, Watson GE, Zareba G, Burns CM, Shamlaye CF, Myers GJ. "Autism spectrum disorder phenotypes and prenatal exposure to methylmercury." Epidemiology. 2013 Sep; 24(5):651-9.
Kuschner E, Benetto L, Yost K. "Patterns of nonverbal cognitive functioning in young children with autism spectrum disorders". Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (in press). . Link

Current Appointments

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


PhD | Psychology | University of Denver1987
MEd | Deaf-Blind/Multihandicapped Education | Boston College1974
BS | Biology | Boston College1973

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Internship in Psychology at State University of New York at Buffalo School of08/01/1985 - 07/31/1986