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, Olson, E, Sullivan, K, Greenson, J, Winter, J, Dawson, G, and Munson, J. "Parenting-related stress and psychological distress in mothers of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders." Brain & development 35.2 (February 2013): 133-138. Full Text

Sullivan, K, Sharda, M, Greenson, J, Dawson, G, and Singh, NC. "A novel method for assessing the development of speech motor function in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders." Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 7 (2013). Full Text

Brown-Saltzman, K. "The gift of voice." Narrative inquiry in bioethics 3.2 (January 2013): 139-145. Full Text

Lecavalier, L, Wood, JJ, Halladay, AK, Jones, NE, Aman, MG, Cook, EH, Handen, BL, King, BH, Pearson, DA, Hallett, V, Sullivan, KA, Grondhuis, S, Bishop, SL, Horrigan, JP, Dawson, G, and Scahill, L. "Measuring Anxiety as a Treatment Endpoint in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2013): 1-16.

Kuhl, PK, Coffey-Corina, S, Padden, D, Munson, J, Estes, A, and Dawson, G. "Brain responses to words in 2-year-olds with autism predict developmental outcomes at age 6." PloS one 8.5 (January 2013): e64967-. Full Text

Jones, EJH, Webb, SJ, Estes, A, and Dawson, G. "Rule learning in autism: the role of reward type and social context." Developmental neuropsychology 38.1 (January 2013): 58-77. Full Text