Geraldine Dawson

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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor in Pediatrics
  • Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: Pavilion East at Lakeview, 2608 Erwin Road, Room 3126, Duke University Med Center, Durham, NC 27705
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-0070
  • Email Address:
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  • University of California at Los Angeles, 1980
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1979

Courses Taught:

  • ARTS&SCI 396: Bass Connections: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ARTS&SCI 796: Bass Connections: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • NEUROSCI 150: Research Practicum
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • PSY 203: Practicum
  • PSY 394: Research Independent Study

Representative Publications:

    • Dawson, G; Sun, JM; Davlantis, KS; Murias, M; Franz, L; Troy, J; Simmons, R; Sabatos-DeVito, M; Durham, R; Kurtzberg, J, Autologous Cord Blood Infusions Are Safe and Feasible in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Single-Center Phase I Open-Label Trial., Stem cells translational medicine, vol 6 no. 5 (2017), pp. 1332-1339 [10.1002/sctm.16-0474] [abs].
    • Jones, EJH; Dawson, G; Webb, SJ, Sensory hypersensitivity predicts enhanced attention capture by faces in the early development of ASD., Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (2017) [10.1016/j.dcn.2017.04.001] [abs].
    • Campbell, K; Carpenter, KLH; Espinosa, S; Hashemi, J; Qiu, Q; Tepper, M; Calderbank, R; Sapiro, G; Egger, HL; Baker, JP; Dawson, G, Use of a Digital Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers - Revised with Follow-up to Improve Quality of Screening for Autism., The Journal of Pediatrics, vol 183 (2017), pp. 133-139.e1 [10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.01.021] [abs].
    • Jones, EJH; Dawson, G; Kelly, J; Estes, A; Jane Webb, S, Parent-delivered early intervention in infants at risk for ASD: Effects on electrophysiological and habituation measures of social attention., Autism Research (2017) [10.1002/aur.1754] [abs].
    • Faja, S; Dawson, G; Sullivan, K; Meltzoff, AN; Estes, A; Bernier, R, Executive function predicts the development of play skills for verbal preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders., Autism Research, vol 9 no. 12 (2016), pp. 1274-1284 [10.1002/aur.1608] [abs].