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Emily Knight, M.D., Ph.D.

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Dr. Knight’s clinical focus is providing patient-centered subspecialty care for children and adolescents with a wide range of neurodevelopmental disabilities. She provides diagnostic assessments for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities as well as longitudinal team-based developmental follow up care.

Professional Background

Dr. Knight is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at University of Rochester Golisano Children’s Hospital. She completed medical school in the physician scientist training program at Mayo Clinic, followed by general pediatrics residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell and subspecialty fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at University of Rochester.


Dr. Knight’s research involves the application of neuroscientific approaches to consider the questions raised by individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. The primary aim of Dr. Knight’s research program is to advance understanding of the neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying sensory perception in autism spectrum disorder, in order to support the development of evidence-based diagnostic and intervention strategies. This work involves the use of a variety of techniques including electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and other related techniques and emerging technologies to study development of sensory neural networks in neurotypical individuals and those on the autism spectrum.



Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2018 - 08/21/2022
Fellowship in Pediatrics, Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/2016 - 08/31/2018
Residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell


Journal Articles

Knight EJ, Krakowski AI, Freedman EG, Butler JS, Molholm S, Foxe JJ. "Attentional influences on neural processing of biological motion in typically developing children and those on the autism spectrum." Molecular autism.. 2022 Jul 18; 13(1):33. Epub 2022 Jul 18.

Foxe JJ, Knight EJ, Myers EJ, Cao CZ, Molholm S, Freedman EG. "The strength of feedback processing is associated with resistance to visual backward masking during illusory contour processing in adult humans." NeuroImage.. 2022 Jun 25; :119416. Epub 2022 Jun 25.

Knight EJ, Oakes L, Hyman SL, Freedman EG, Foxe JJ. "Individuals With Autism Have No Detectable Deficit in Neural Markers of Prediction Error When Presented With Auditory Rhythms of Varied Temporal Complexity." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research.. 2020 Sep 3; Epub 2020 Sep 03.