Denis Sukhodolsky PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Biographical Info

Denis G. Sukhodolsky, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. His research concerns the efficacy and mechanisms of behavioral treatments for children with neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette syndrome, autism, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders. His work has been supported with a career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as research awards from the Tourette Syndrome Association and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Currently, he is a PI of an R01 study that uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to examine the neural circuitry of aggression in children across diagnostic categories. He has also been an investigator on the multi-site study of behavior therapy for tics in children with Tourette Syndrome and led efforts on studies of EEG biomarkers of tics in children with Tourette Syndrome. In the area of autism research, Dr. Sukhodolsky has served as an investigator in the RUPP Autism Network studies of risperidone with or without parent training in children with autism and of parent training for aggression in young children with autism. He also has a long-standing interest in anxiety in children with autism, and his lab is currently conducting a study of neural mechanisms of CBT for anxiety in autism. Dr. Sukhodolsky has authored and co-authored over 70 papers and book chapters. In addition to his research, Dr. Sukhodolsky is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist working with children and their families at the Yale TS/OCD Clinic.


Education & Training

Ph.D.
Hofstra University (1997)
Postdoctoral fellow
Yale University, Child Study Center (2000 - 2003)

Honors & Recognition

  • K01 career development award
    National Institute of Mental Health (2008)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Research Award
    Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (07/2004)
  • Frank Andrews Memorial Award
    University of Michigan (06/2003)
  • Tourette Syndrome Association Research Award
    Tourette Syndrome Association (06/2001)
  • Robert Vane Memorial Scholarship
    Hofstra University (09/2002)

Professional Service

  • Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (CPDD) Study Section (06/23/2014)
  • Member, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (01/01/2013)
  • member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (01/01/2004)

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