Geraldine Dawson, PhD


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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor in Pediatrics
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
2608 Erwin Road, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705
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Research: 919-684-3165
  • PhD, Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
  • Clinical Internship/Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
Other Training:
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
Clinical Interests:
Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, early behavioral intervention, assessment of autism in infants and toddlers
Research Interests:

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.