Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
1st Annual Autism Investment Conference
26 July 26 - July 27, 2013
The Hilton Columbus at Easton Columbus, Ohio

Confirmed Speakers

Geraldine Dawson, PhD photo

Geraldine Dawson, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Autism Speaks

Geri Dawson recently joined the Duke University faculty as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. There, she will serve as Director of a new Duke Center for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment and Co-Director of the Duke Developmental Neuroscience Research Program. Dawson is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist and scientist, having published >200 articles and 9 books on early detection and treatment of autism and brain development. With Sally Rogers, she developed the Early Start Denver Model, the first empirically-validated comprehensive intervention for toddlers with autism. Her research demonstrating that early intervention can normalize brain activity in children with autism was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012. From 2008-2013, Dawson was Research Professor of Psychiatry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served as the first Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks, the largest autism science and advocacy organization, where she helped establish Autism Speaks as a leading force in autism science. From 1996-2008, Dawson was Founding Director of the University of Washington Autism Center where she directed three consecutive interdisciplinary NIH Autism Center of Excellence research programs on genetics, neuroimaging, early diagnosis, and treatment, and oversaw the University of Washington Autism Treatment Center serving infants through young adults. Dawson is a member of the federal NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and American Psychological Association, and on editorial boards of four scientific journals. Dawson’s awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science and Autism Society of America Awards for Valuable Service and Research Contributions. She received a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington and completed a clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

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