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.

Estes, A, Munson, J, Rogers, SJ, Greenson, J, Winter, J, and Dawson, G. "Long-Term Outcomes of Early Intervention in 6-Year-Old Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 54.7 (July 2015): 580-587. Full Text

Maier, R, Moser, G, Chen, G-B, Ripke, S, Cross-Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, , Coryell, W, Potash, JB, Scheftner, WA, Shi, J, Weissman, MM, Hultman, CM, Landén, M, Levinson, DF, Kendler, KS, Smoller, JW, Wray, NR, and Lee, SH. "Joint analysis of psychiatric disorders increases accuracy of risk prediction for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder." American journal of human genetics 96.2 (February 2015): 283-294. Full Text

Faja, S, and Dawson, G. "Reduced delay of gratification and effortful control among young children with autism spectrum disorders." Autism : the international journal of research and practice 19.1 (January 2015): 91-101. Full Text

Scahill, L, Aman, MG, Lecavalier, L, Halladay, AK, Bishop, SL, Bodfish, JW, Grondhuis, S, Jones, N, Horrigan, JP, Cook, EH, Handen, BL, King, BH, Pearson, DA, McCracken, JT, Sullivan, KA, and Dawson, G. "Measuring repetitive behaviors as a treatment endpoint in youth with autism spectrum disorder." Autism : the international journal of research and practice 19.1 (January 2015): 38-52. (Review) Full Text

Tordjman, S, Davlantis, KS, Georgieff, N, Geoffray, M-M, Speranza, M, Anderson, GM, Xavier, J, Botbol, M, Oriol, C, Bellissant, E, Vernay-Leconte, J, Fougerou, C, Hespel, A, Tavenard, A, Cohen, D, Kermarrec, S, Coulon, N, Bonnot, O, and Dawson, G. "Autism as a disorder of biological and behavioral rhythms: toward new therapeutic perspectives." Frontiers in Pediatrics 3 (January 2015): 1-. (Review) Full Text

Estes, A, Zwaigenbaum, L, Gu, H, St John, T, Paterson, S, Elison, JT, Hazlett, H, Botteron, K, Dager, SR, Schultz, RT, Kostopoulos, P, Evans, A, Dawson, G, Eliason, J, Alvarez, S, Piven, J, and IBIS network, . "Behavioral, cognitive, and adaptive development in infants with autism spectrum disorder in the first 2 years of life." Journal of neurodevelopmental disorders 7.1 (January 2015): 24-. Full Text

Sullivan, K, Stone, WL, and Dawson, G. "Potential neural mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder." Research in developmental disabilities 35.11 (November 2014): 2921-2932. (Review) Full Text

De Rubeis, S, He, X, Goldberg, AP, Poultney, CS, Samocha, K, Cicek, AE, Kou, Y, Liu, L, Fromer, M, Walker, S, Singh, T, Klei, L, Kosmicki, J, Shih-Chen, F, Aleksic, B, Biscaldi, M, Bolton, PF, Brownfeld, JM, Cai, J, Campbell, NG, Carracedo, A, Chahrour, MH, Chiocchetti, AG, Coon, H, Crawford, EL, Curran, SR, Dawson, G, Duketis, E, Fernandez, BA, Gallagher, L, Geller, E, Guter, SJ, Hill, RS, Ionita-Laza, J, Jimenz Gonzalez, P, Kilpinen, H, Klauck, SM, Kolevzon, A, Lee, I, Lei, I, and Lei, J et al. "Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism." Nature 515.7526 (November 2014): 209-215. Full Text

Hadley, D, Wu, Z-L, Kao, C, Kini, A, Mohamed-Hadley, A, Thomas, K, Vazquez, L, Qiu, H, Mentch, F, Pellegrino, R, Kim, C, Connolly, J, AGP Consortium, , Glessner, J, and Hakonarson, H. "The impact of the metabotropic glutamate receptor and other gene family interaction networks on autism." Nature communications 5 (June 13, 2014): 4074-. Full Text