Geraldine Dawson

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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 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 American Psychological Society and 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.

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

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 (May 12, 2017). Full Text

Dawson, G, Sun, JM, Davlantis, KS, Murias, M, Franz, L, Troy, J, Simmons, R, Sabatos-DeVito, M, Durham, R, and Kurtzberg, J. "Autologous Cord Blood Infusions Are Safe and Feasible in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Single-Center Phase I Open-Label Trial." Stem cells translational medicine 6.5 (May 2017): 1332-1339. 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

Jones, EJH, Dawson, G, and Webb, SJ. "Sensory hypersensitivity predicts enhanced attention capture by faces in the early development of ASD." Developmental cognitive neuroscience (April 12, 2017). Full Text

Campbell, K, Carpenter, KLH, Espinosa, S, Hashemi, J, Qiu, Q, Tepper, M, Calderbank, R, Sapiro, G, Egger, HL, Baker, JP, and Dawson, G. "Use of a Digital Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers - Revised with Follow-up to Improve Quality of Screening for Autism." The Journal of pediatrics 183 (April 2017): 133-139.e1. Full Text

Faja, S, Dawson, G, Sullivan, K, Meltzoff, AN, Estes, A, and Bernier, R. "Executive function predicts the development of play skills for verbal preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research 9.12 (December 2016): 1274-1284. Full Text

Dasgupta, J, Bhavnani, S, Estrin, GL, Mukherjee, D, Banerjee, A, Belmonte, MK, Chakrabarti, B, Divan, G, Dawson, G, Johnson, MH, McPartland, JC, Singh, NC, and Patel, V. "Translating neuroscience to the front lines: point-of-care detection of neuropsychiatric disorders." The lancet. Psychiatry 3.10 (October 2016): 915-917. Full Text


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


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

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

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

1/5-The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials awarded by Yale University (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Networked Cortical Responses to Movement Associated with ASD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2012 to 2016

A Phase 0 Study to Preliminarily Assess the Janssen Autism Knowledge Engine in Children and Adults with ASD awarded by Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015