Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic; Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory; Co-Director, Technology and Innovation Laboratory

Research Interests

Autistic Disorder; Mental Disorders; Developmental Disabilities; Child Psychiatry; Human Development; Pediatrics; Technology; Prodromal Symptoms

Public Health Interests

Autism; Child Mental Health

Research Organizations

Child Study Center: NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders | TIL | YESCog

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Research Summary

My research interests focus primarily on two lines of inquiry: research leading to a better understanding of the early phenotypic expression of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and examining mechanisms that underlie gaze and face processing abnormalities observed in infants and toddlers with ASD. My clinical research has been centered on examining the stability of early diagnosis of ASD, variability of the early syndrome expression as related to outcome, as well as determining when and in which areas the developmental trajectories of infants with ASD begin to diverge from those without social disability. Towards this end I have been following prospectively the development of infants who are either at risk for development of ASD or who are showing early signs of the disorder and tracking their development of verbal, nonverbal and social-cognitive skills. Experimental work in my lab is focused on studying visual processing in young children with ASD using eye-tracking technology.

Specialized Terms: Social, cognitive, and emotional development of infants and toddlers with autism and other developmental disorders; Eye tracking research of visual attention; Early predictors of outcome; Prodromal features of ASD in infancy; Development of infants at risk for ASD due to genetic factors; Treatment of young children with ASD; Somatic growth patterns in ASD; Autism

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Contact Info

Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD
Patient Care Location
Yale Child Study CenterTemple Medical Center
40 Temple Street, Ste Suite 7D

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Child Study CenterTemple Medical Center
40 Temple Street, Ste Suite 7D

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale Child Study Center
40 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Yale Early Social Cognition Lab