Faculty & Staff


Volkmar, Fred R

Irving B. Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics, of Psychiatry and of Psychology; Chief, Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital; Chair, Child Study Center

Biography

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford University where he received his M.D. and a master’s degree in psychology in 1976 Dr. Volkmar was...

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. A graduate of the University of Illinois where he received in undergraduate degree in psychology in 1972 and of Stanford University where he received his M.D. and a master’s degree in psychology in 1976 Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He is the author of several hundred scientific papers and chapters as well as a number of books including Asperger’s Syndrome (Guilford Press), Health Care for Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine Publishing), the Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing), and A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Teacher and Family Members Needs to Know (Wiley Publishing) with another three books in varying stages of production. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has served as co-chairperson of the autism/intellectual disabilities committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to having directed the internationally known autism clinic he also served as director of autism research at Yale before becoming chairperson of the Department. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of three program project grants including a CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellent in Autism) grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Autism Center Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Pelphrey, Kevin

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology; Director of the Child Neuroscience Laboratory

Biography

Dr. Kevin Pelphrey completed his doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. He then undertook postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University.


McPartland, James C

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and Assistant Professor of Psychology; Associate Director, Developmental Electrophysiology Lab; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center; Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Biography

James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders at Yale and is a licensed child psychologist and Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic. He is...

James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders at Yale and is a licensed child psychologist and Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Child Study Center and offers an undergraduate seminar focused on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the brain bases of neurodevelopmental disabilities to develop biologically-based tools for detection and treatment. His research is supported by NIMH, NARSAD, the Autism Science Foundation, the Waterloo Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Patterson Trust, and the Simons Foundation, and his contributions to the field have been recognized by the University of Washington’s Bolles and Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowships, a Clinical and Translational Sciences Scholar Award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, a Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition and a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the NARSAD Atherton Young Investigator Award, the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award, the Patterson Trust Clinical Research Award, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Klerman Prize, and the American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award. Dr. McPartland has published 4 books and over 70 scholarly works on autism and related topics. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disability and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is currently the Treasurer of the International Society for Autism Research.

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Chawarska, Katarzyna

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Director, Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic


Anderson, George Magruder

Senior Research Scientist in the Child Study Center and Research Scientist in Laboratory Medicine
Director, Core Resource Laboratory of the Yale Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Stress, Self-Control and Addiction
Director, Laboratory of Developmental Neurochemistry (Child Study Center)

Goyette-Ewing, Michele Anne

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center
Director, Psychology Training

Clinical Interests:Child psychology; psychological assessment; educational evaluations; learning disabilities; parenting

Koenig, Kathy

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry
Director, Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Clinical Interests:autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; girls with autism spectrum disorders; group therapy for autism spectrum disorders; cultural and religious issues as they impact diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders;

Macari, Suzanne L

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Paul, Rhea

Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center

Clinical Interests:autism developmental language disorders preliteracy

Shic, Frederick

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Computer Science
Director, Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL)
Co-Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog)

Sukhodolsky, Denis

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Clinical Interests:Behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy for children with specialization in 1) Cognitive behavior therapy and parent management training for irritability and disruptive behavior 2) Habit reversal training for Tourette Syndrome 3) Exposure and response prevention for OCD 4) CBT for anxiety disorders

Tsatsanis, Katherine D

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Clinical Interests:autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; neuropsychology

Vander Wyk, Brent

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Ventola, Pamela

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Clinical Interests:developmental disabilities; autism

Wolf, Julie M

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center

Clinical Interests:autism spectrum disorders; social skills training; sibling support

Carney, Amy D

Clinical Social Worker

DePedro, Dianna M.

Research Associate

Lyons, Megan

Clinical Instructor in the Child Study Center (Social Work)
Speech and Language Pathologist

Simmons, Elizabeth Schoen

Speech and Language Pathologist

Westphal, Alexander

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center