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

Christopher McDougle, MD photo

Christopher McDougle, MD


Lurie Center for Autism

Christopher J. McDougle, MD, Director of the Lurie Center for Autism and Nancy Lurie Marks Professor in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School, is a neuropsychopharmacologist and internationally-recognized expert in research and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders that extend into adulthood.  He has 25 years of experience diagnosing and caring for children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Before coming to Mass General, Dr. McDougle was the Chairman of the Department Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Institute of Psychiatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was also the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Psychiatry. 

Dr. McDougle has maintained an active clinical practice throughout his career and continues this commitment to caring for individuals with ASDs at the Lurie Center, where he has expanded services for adults.

As Director of the Lurie Center for Autism, Dr. McDougle is keenly interested in leveraging the vast resources that exist at Mass General and elsewhere in Boston to advance new discoveries and treatments for children, adolescents and adults with ASDs.  One of Dr. McDougle’s initial goals for the Lurie Center for Autism is to develop a translational research “from bench to bedside”- program.  Building on the hospital’s expertise in genetics, brain imaging, electrophysiology, informatics, neuroscience, pediatric and developmental medicine, neurology and psychiatry,  the Center will look for better, faster ways to diagnose and treat children, adolescents and adults with ASDs.  Optimistic about the potential that exists for new therapeutic strategies, Dr. McDougle is now engaged in the development of several multi-site trials focused on treating the symptoms that often accompany an ASD diagnosis.   


Christopher McDougle, MD, received a B.A. in chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1981 (with Highest Distinction) and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986 (with Highest Distinction).  He subsequently completed a residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine (1990) and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center (1995).  

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