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Geraldine Dawson, PhD

William Cleland Distinguished Professor
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Pediatrics
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
Office: 2608 Erwin Road, Room 3126, Duke University Med Center, Durham, NC 27705
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3527 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710

Geraldine Dawson is the William Cleland Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, where she also is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience. Dawson is the Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences whose mission is to promote interdisciplinary brain science and translate discoveries into solutions for health and society.  Dawson also is Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, which is an interdisciplinary research program and clinic, aimed to improve the lives of those with autism through research, education, clinical services, and policy.  Dawson is Associate Director of the Marcus Center for Cellular Cures which aims to discover cellular treatments that can improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with autism.  Dawson 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.

Dawson previously served as President of the International Society for Autism Research and was appointed by the US Secretary of Health as a member of the NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) which develops the federal strategic plan for autism research, services, and policy. Dawson was Founding Director of the University of Washington (UW) Autism Center and the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Dawson was awarded the American Psychological Association Distinguished Career Award (Div53); Association for Psychological Science Lifetime Achievement Award; Clarivate Top 1% Cited Researcher Across All Scientific Fields; NIH Top Research Advances of the Year Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); Autism Society of America Award for Research Contributions; Autism Society Medical Professional of the Year; and Autism Society Award for Valuable Service. 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. 

Education and Training

  • Clinical Internsship with speciality in Developmental Disabilities, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California - Los Angeles, 1979 - 1980
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1979

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Sun, Jessica M., Geraldine Dawson, Lauren Franz, Jill Howard, Colleen McLaughlin, Bethany Kistler, Barbara Waters-Pick, Norin Meadows, Jesse Troy, and Joanne Kurtzberg. “Infusion of human umbilical cord tissue mesenchymal stromal cells in children with autism spectrum disorder.” Stem Cells Transl Med 9, no. 10 (October 2020): 1137–46. https://doi.org/10.1002/sctm.19-0434.

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Tenenbaum, Elena J., Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Maura Sabatos-DeVito, Jordan Hashemi, Saritha Vermeer, Guillermo Sapiro, and Geraldine Dawson. “A Six-Minute Measure of Vocalizations in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Autism Res 13, no. 8 (August 2020): 1373–82. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2293.

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Jones, E. J. H., A. Goodwin, E. Orekhova, T. Charman, G. Dawson, S. J. Webb, and M. H. Johnson. “Infant EEG theta modulation predicts childhood intelligence.” Sci Rep 10, no. 1 (July 8, 2020): 11232. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67687-y.

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Simhal, Anish K., Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Saad Nadeem, Joanne Kurtzberg, Allen Song, Allen Tannenbaum, Guillermo Sapiro, and Geraldine Dawson. “Measuring robustness of brain networks in autism spectrum disorder with Ricci curvature.” Sci Rep 10, no. 1 (July 2, 2020): 10819. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67474-9.

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Dawson, Geraldine, Jessica M. Sun, Jennifer Baker, Kimberly Carpenter, Scott Compton, Megan Deaver, Lauren Franz, et al. “A Phase II Randomized Clinical Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Umbilical Cord Blood Infusion for Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” J Pediatr 222 (July 2020): 164-173.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.03.011.

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Volkmar, Fred R., Geraldine Dawson, Rebecca Land, Catherine Lord, Katherine A. Loveland, William McMahon, Nancy Minshew, and Helen Tager-Flusberg. “Duane F. Alexander, M.D.: August 11, 1940-February 16, 2020.” J Autism Dev Disord 50, no. 7 (July 2020): 2641–42. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04534-z.

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Major, S., K. Carpenter, L. Beyer, H. Kwak, G. Dawson, and M. Murias. “The influence of background auditory noise on P50 and N100 suppression elicited by the paired-click paradigm.” Journal of Psychophysiology 34, no. 3 (July 1, 2020): 171–78. https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803/a000245.

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Bangerter, Abigail, Seth Ness, David Lewin, Michael G. Aman, Anna J. Esbensen, Matthew S. Goodwin, Geraldine Dawson, et al. “Clinical Validation of the Autism Behavior Inventory: Caregiver-Rated Assessment of Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.” J Autism Dev Disord 50, no. 6 (June 2020): 2090–2101. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-03965-7.

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Ness, Seth, Gahan Pandina, Shyla Jagannatha, Kyle Wathen, Abigail Bangerter, Nikolay V. Manyakov, Robert Hendren, et al. “Publisher Correction: ASPI: a public-private partnership to develop treatments for autism.” Nat Rev Drug Discov 19, no. 6 (June 2020): 427. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41573-020-0069-5.

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Bangerter, Abigail, Meenakshi Chatterjee, Joseph Manfredonia, Nikolay V. Manyakov, Seth Ness, Matthew A. Boice, Andrew Skalkin, et al. “Automated recognition of spontaneous facial expression in individuals with autism spectrum disorder: parsing response variability.” Mol Autism 11, no. 1 (May 11, 2020): 31. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13229-020-00327-4.

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