Fred R Volkmar, MD

Irving B. Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology

Departments & Organizations

Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

Developmental Disabilities School Age Program

Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research


Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine. 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 & Training

MA Stanford University, Developmental Psychology (1976)
MD Stanford University (1976)
Resident Stanford University School of Medicine
Fellow Stanford University School of Medicine
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (1988)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • George Tarjan Award for Research in Developmental DisabilitiesAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2007)

  • Blanche F. Ittleson AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association (1997)

Professional Service

  • Springer Publishing (2007 - Present) Editor Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


  • Child Study Netherlands (2008)

    Dr. Volkmar collaborates with colleagues at the University of Utrecht, University of Groningen, and the Korzak Foundation on various child study issues.

  • Autism Research & Child Study Italy (2007)

    The autism research and clinical faculty of the Child Study Center are engaged in a collaboration with the University of Sienna in developing a new master's program for educators wishing to specialize in the treatment of autism.

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Contact Info

Fred R Volkmar, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Child Study CenterNieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
Yale Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae

Autism Program