Roger J. Jou MD, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience (CTDN)


Roger Jou, MD, PhD is an Instructor in the Yale Child Study Center and specializes in autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Jou began his career in the field of autism as a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh (1999-2004) where he used neuroimaging to study differences in brain structure. He came to Yale School of Medicine to complete his training in adult (2004-2008) and child/adolescent psychiatry (2008-2011) with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. During his training, he spent several years evaluating children through the Child Study Center’s Developmental Disabilities Clinic where he was supervised by Fred Volkmar, MD and Kathleen Koenig, MSN. During his training at Yale, he expanded his interest in neuroimaging to include diffusion tensor imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging. This ultimately led to his matriculation into Yale Graduate School’s Investigative Medicine Program (Ph.D. anticipated May 2012). Co-advisors of his doctoral dissertation include Fred Volkmar, MD and James Duncan, PhD (Diagnostic Radiology). Dr. Jou’s research is mentored by Kevin Pelphrey, PhD and involves characterization of abnormal neural connectivity in autism spectrum disorders using multiple neuroimaging modalities. Specific clinical interests include issues related to adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.


  • B.A., New York University , 1999
  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , 2003
  • M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , 2004
  • Ph.D., Yale University , 2012

Selected Publication

  • Jou RJ, Frazier TW, Keshavan MS, Minshew MJ, Hardan AY. A two-year longitudinal pilot MRI study of the brainstem in autism. Behavioural Brain Research. 2013;251:163-167.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Research Partners Program Young Investigator Award (Foster Bam Investigator)(2011) , The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression