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.

Bernier, R, Webb, SJ, and Dawson, G. "Understanding Impairments in Social Engagement in Autism." (March 22, 2012). (Chapter) Full Text

Bernier, R, Gerdts, J, Munson, J, Dawson, G, and Estes, A. "Evidence for broader autism phenotype characteristics in parents from multiple-incidence autism families." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research 5.1 (February 2012): 13-20. Full Text

Faja, S, Webb, SJ, Jones, E, Merkle, K, Kamara, D, Bavaro, J, Aylward, E, and Dawson, G. "The effects of face expertise training on the behavioral performance and brain activity of adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 42.2 (February 2012): 278-293. Full Text

Chen, Y-Z, Matsushita, M, Girirajan, S, Lisowski, M, Sun, E, Sul, Y, Bernier, R, Estes, A, Dawson, G, Minshew, N, Shellenberg, GD, Eichler, EE, Rieder, MJ, Nickerson, DA, Tsuang, DW, Tsuang, MT, Wijsman, EM, Raskind, WH, and Brkanac, Z. "Evidence for involvement of GNB1L in autism." American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics 159B.1 (January 2012): 61-71. Full Text

Dawson, G, and Burner, K. "Behavioral interventions in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: a review of recent findings." Current opinion in pediatrics 23.6 (December 2011): 616-620. (Review) Full Text

Webb, SJ, Jones, EJH, Merkle, K, Venema, K, Greenson, J, Murias, M, and Dawson, G. "Developmental change in the ERP responses to familiar faces in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders versus typical development." Child development 82.6 (November 2011): 1868-1886. Full Text

Anney, RJL, Kenny, EM, O'Dushlaine, C, Yaspan, BL, Parkhomenka, E, Buxbaum, JD, Sutcliffe, J, Gill, M, Gallagher, L, Bailey§, AJ, Fernandez, BA, Szatmari§, P, Scherer§, SW, Patterson§, A, Marshall, CR, Pinto, D, Vincent, JB, Fombonne, E, Betancur§, C, Delorme, R, Leboyer, M, Bourgeron, T, Mantoulan, C, Roge, B, Tauber, M, Freitag§, CM, Poustka, F, Duketis, E, Klauck§, SM, Poustka, A, Papanikolaou, K, Tsiantis, J, Gallagher§, L, Gill§, M, Anney, R, Bolshakova, N, Brennan, S, and Hughes, G et al. "Gene-ontology enrichment analysis in two independent family-based samples highlights biologically plausible processes for autism spectrum disorders." European Journal of Human Genetics 19.10 (October 2011): 1082-1089. Full Text

Pickett, J, Xiu, E, Tuchman, R, Dawson, G, and Lajonchere, C. "Mortality in individuals with autism, with and without epilepsy." Journal of child neurology 26.8 (August 2011): 932-939. Full Text

Dawson, G. "Coming closer to describing the variable onset patterns in autism." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 50.8 (August 2011): 744-746. Full Text

Estes, A, Rivera, V, Bryan, M, Cali, P, and Dawson, G. "Discrepancies between academic achievement and intellectual ability in higher-functioning school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 41.8 (August 2011): 1044-1052. Full Text