Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Child Psychiatry; Director, Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program, Child Study Center; Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Chawarska Lab | Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology | School Age Developmental Disabilities Program | Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL) | Yale Early Social Cognition Lab (YESCog)

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Professor Chawarska has received her clinical and research training at Yale. She is a leading expert in research on identifying early diagnostic markers and novel treatment targets in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She leads the NIH Autism Center of Excellence at the Yale Child Study Center.  In her clinical practice, Dr. Chawarska specializes in early diagnosis of ASD as well as developmental follow-up of infants at risk for ASD due to familial factors (e.g., having an older sibling with ASD), genetic factors (e.g., having a syndrome related to ASD such as Fragile X), or due to prenatal or perinatal complications such as premature birth.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (2000)
MA Jagiellomian Univ. (1986)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Yale University School of Medicine

Professional Service

  • Yale School of Medicine (2015 - Present) Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Department of Defense (2014 - Present) Panel member of the US Army Medical Research and Material Command Autism Research Program Integration Panel

  • Baby Sibling Research Consortium (2013 - Present) Chairperson

  • Child Study Center (2007 - Present) Advisory Committee

  • NICHD, NIMH, Autism Speaks (2007 - Present) Grant Review Panel


  • Advances in studies of early expression of ASD: Infants at Genetic Risk for ASD Budapest, Hungary (2013 - 2013)

  • What eye-tracking research tells us about development of infants at risk for autism? Uppsala, Sweden (2012 - 2012)

  • Autism in Infancy: Perceptual, Attentional, and Social-Cognitive Features Los Angeles, United States (2012 - 2012)

  • Autism in infancy: Phenotypic expression and underlying mechanisms Serbia (2012 - 2012)

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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 Center300 George Street, Ste Suite 900
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Yale Child Study Center
300 George St.

New Haven, CT 06510

Curriculum Vitae

Yale Early Social Cognition Lab