Fred R Volkmar MD

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


Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Developmental Disabilities Program | NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders | Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

Pediatrics

Psychiatry

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 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.

Education

  • M.A., Stanford University , 1976
  • M.D., Stanford University , 1976

Selected Publication

  • Chawarska, K., Volkmar, F., & Klin, A. (2010). Limited Attentional Bias for Faces in toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67:2, 178-185. [PMID: 20124117]

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Blanche F. Ittleson Award (1997) , American Psychiatric Association