Geraldine Dawson

Geraldine Dawson

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Clinical Internsship with speciality in Developmental Disabilities, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California at Los Angeles 1979 - 1980

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 1979


Geraldine Dawson is Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, North Carolina. Dawson is Past President of the International Society for Autism Research. She serves as a member of the NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) which develops the federal strategic plan for autism research, services, and policy. Dawson is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist and scientist, having published extensively on early detection and treatment of autism and brain development. Dawson is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, and is Associate Editor or on editorial boards of four scientific journals. Dawson’s awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science for outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research that addresses a critical problem in society at large.

Campbell, K, Carpenter, KL, Hashemi, J, Espinosa, S, Marsan, S, Borg, JS, Chang, Z, Qiu, Q, Vermeer, S, Adler, E, Tepper, M, Egger, HL, Baker, JP, Sapiro, G, and Dawson, G. "Computer vision analysis captures atypical attention in toddlers with autism." Autism : the international journal of research and practice (March 2018): 1362361318766247-. Full Text

Jones, EJH, Dawson, G, and Webb, SJ. "Sensory hypersensitivity predicts enhanced attention capture by faces in the early development of ASD." Developmental cognitive neuroscience 29 (January 2018): 11-20. Full Text

St John, T, Dawson, G, and Estes, A. "Brief Report: Executive Function as a Predictor of Academic Achievement in School-Aged Children with ASD." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 48.1 (January 2018): 276-283. Full Text

Murias, M, Major, S, Davlantis, K, Franz, L, Harris, A, Rardin, B, Sabatos-DeVito, M, and Dawson, G. "Validation of eye-tracking measures of social attention as a potential biomarker for autism clinical trials." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research 11.1 (January 2018): 166-174. Full Text

Bangerter, A, Ness, S, Aman, MG, Esbensen, AJ, Goodwin, MS, Dawson, G, Hendren, R, Leventhal, B, Khan, A, Opler, M, Harris, A, and Pandina, G. "Autism Behavior Inventory: A Novel Tool for Assessing Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder." Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology 27.9 (November 2017): 814-822. Full Text

Cidav, Z, Munson, J, Estes, A, Dawson, G, Rogers, S, and Mandell, D. "Cost Offset Associated With Early Start Denver Model for Children With Autism." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 56.9 (September 2017): 777-783. Full Text

Weiner, DJ, Wigdor, EM, Ripke, S, Walters, RK, Kosmicki, JA, Grove, J, Samocha, KE, Goldstein, JI, Okbay, A, Bybjerg-Grauholm, J, Werge, T, Hougaard, DM, Taylor, J, iPSYCH-Broad Autism Group, , Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Autism Group, , Skuse, D, Devlin, B, Anney, R, Sanders, SJ, Bishop, S, Mortensen, PB, Børglum, AD, Smith, GD, Daly, MJ, and Robinson, EB. "Polygenic transmission disequilibrium confirms that common and rare variation act additively to create risk for autism spectrum disorders." Nature genetics 49.7 (July 2017): 978-985. Full Text

Jones, EJH, Dawson, G, Kelly, J, Estes, A, and Jane Webb, S. "Parent-delivered early intervention in infants at risk for ASD: Effects on electrophysiological and habituation measures of social attention." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research 10.5 (May 2017): 961-972. Full Text


McPartland, JC, Law, K, and Dawson, G. "Autism Spectrum Disorder." Encyclopedia of Mental Health: Second Edition. January 1, 2015. 124-130. Full Text

Dawson, G, and Toth, K. "Autism Spectrum Disorders." Developmental Psychopathology: Second Edition. January 1, 2006. 317-357. Full Text

Pandina, G, Manyakov, NV, Bangerter, A, Lewin, D, Jagannatha, S, Boice, M, Skalkin, A, Dawson, G, Goodwin, MS, Hendren, R, Leventhal, B, Shic, F, and Ness, S. "Prospective, observational cohort study of JAKE (TM), an autism knowledge." October 2017.


Selected Grants

Duke CTSA (TL1) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023

Duke CTSA (KL2) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023

Co-occurring ADHD in young children with ASD: Precursors, detection, neural signatures, and early treatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Pilot Study to Improve Access to Early Intervention for Autism in Africa awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Scalable Quantitative Video Analysis for Online Phenotyping, Early Screening, and Symptom Monitoring for Autism Spectrum Disorders awarded by Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

The Role of Sensory Over-Responsivity in the Development of Anxiety in Children With and Without Autism awarded by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (Mentor). 2016 to 2018

1/5-The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials awarded by Yale University (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

Precursors to the development of anxiety disorders in young children with autism spectrum disorder awarded by Department of Defense (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

ASF Undergraduate Summer Research Award awarded by Autism Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017