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

Research Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Chawarska Lab | Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL) | Yale Early Social Cognition Lab (YESCog)

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Attention; Autistic Disorder; Child Psychiatry; Developmental Disabilities; Human Development; Mental Disorders; Pediatrics; Perception; Prodromal Symptoms; Psychophysiology; Technology

Research Summary

My research interests focus primarily on two lines of inquiry: research leading to a better understanding of the early phenotypic expression of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and examining mechanisms that underlie gaze and face processing abnormalities observed in infants and toddlers with ASD. My clinical research has been centered on examining the stability of early diagnosis of ASD, variability of the early syndrome expression as related to outcome, as well as determining when and in which areas the developmental trajectories of infants with ASD begin to diverge from those without social disability. Towards this end I have been following prospectively the development of infants who are either at risk for development of ASD or who are showing early signs of the disorder and tracking their development of verbal, nonverbal and social-cognitive skills. Experimental work in my lab is focused on studying visual processing in young children with ASD using eye-tracking technology.

Specialized Terms: Social, cognitive, and emotional development of infants and toddlers with autism and other developmental disorders; Eye tracking research of visual attention; Early predictors of outcome; Prodromal features of ASD in infancy; Development of infants at risk for ASD due to genetic factors; Treatment of young children with ASD; Somatic growth patterns in ASD; Autism

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Child Development & Autism Autism Biomarker Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT)
Child Development & Autism Understanding Neurodevelopment in Autism
Child Development & Autism, Children's Health Exploring Social Functioning in Individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder through Technology
Child Development & Autism, Children's Health, Mental Health & Behavioral Research Components of Emotional Processing in Young Children with ASD
Addictive Behaviors, Diseases of the Nervous System, Mental Health & Behavioral Research, Women's Health Neural Circuitry of Parenting: Neuroimaging Studies of Cocaine-Abusing Mothers
Child Development & Autism, Genetics - Adult, Genetics - Pediatric, Mental Health & Behavioral Research Pivotal Response Treatment for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (PRT)

Selected Publications

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