Gail A. Spiridigliozzi, PhD


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Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
DUMC 3364
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1988
  • Clinical Child Psychology, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, 1984-1985, 1987-1989
Clinical Interests:
School-aged children with developmental and learning issues, including learning disabilities, mental retardation, fragile X syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism; academically gifted children
Research Interests:
Cholinergic therapy in children and adolescents with Down syndrome; premutation carriers of fragile X syndrome; cognitive development of children with infantile-onset Pompe disease who are being treated with enzyme replacement therapy.
Representative Publications:
  • Kishnani, PS; Sommer, BR; Handen, BL; Seltzer, B; Capone, GT; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Heller, JH; Richardson, S; McRae, T. The efficacy, safety, and tolerability of donepezil for the treatment of young adults with Down syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2009;149A:1641-1654.  Abstract
  • McConkie-Rosell, A; Heise, EM; Spiridigliozzi, GA. Genetic risk communication: experiences of adolescent girls and young women from families with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2009;18:313-325.  Abstract
  • Wehbe, RM; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Heise, EM; Dawson, DV; McConkie-Rosell, A. When to tell and test for genetic carrier status: perspectives of adolescents and young adults from fragile X families. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2009;149A:1190-1199.  Abstract
  • McConkie-Rosell, A; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Melvin, E; Dawson, DV; Lachiewicz, AM. Living with genetic risk: effect on adolescent self-concept. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics. 2008;148C:56-69.  Abstract
  • Spiridigliozzi, GA; Heller, JH; Crissman, BG; Sullivan-Saarela, JA; Eells, R; Dawson, D; Li, J; Kishnani, PS. Preliminary study of the safety and efficacy of donepezil hydrochloride in children with Down syndrome: a clinical report series. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2007;143A:1408-1413.  Abstract
  • Heller, JH; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Crissman, BG; Sullivan, JA; Eells, RL; Li, JS; Doraiswamy, PM; Krishnan, KR; Kishnani, PS. Safety and efficacy of rivastigmine in adolescents with Down syndrome: a preliminary 20-week, open-label study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2006;16:755-765.  Abstract
  • Heller, JH; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Crissman, BG; Sullivan-Saarela, JA; Li, JS; Kishnani, PS. Clinical trials in children with Down syndrome: issues from a cognitive research perspective. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics. 2006;142C:187-195.  Abstract
  • Lachiewicz, AM; Dawson, DV; Spiridigliozzi, GA; McConkie-Rosell, A. Arithmetic difficulties in females with the fragile X premutation. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 2006;140:665-672.  Abstract