Director, Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development
William Cleland Distinguished Professor
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.
Elected. American Academy of Arts and Sciences. April 23, 2020
Distinguished Career Award. American Psychological Association. August 09, 2019
Consortium on Biomarker and Outcome Measures of Social Impairment for Use in Clinical Trials in Autism Spectrum Disorder awarded by Yale University (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2025
Novel Approaches to Infant Screening for ASD in Pediatric Primary Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024
Scalable Computational Platform For Active Closed-Loop Behavioral Coding in Autism Spectrum Disorder awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2023
Duke CTSA (TL1) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023
Co-occurring ADHD in young children with ASD: Precursors, detection, neural signatures, and early treatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022
Digital Behavioral Outcome Measures for Autism awarded by Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022
Marcus Foundation Phase II MSC ASD awarded by The Marcus Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022
Duke Expanded Access Protocol Proposal for the Cord Blood Association Foundation awarded by Cord Blood Association Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2021
Psychological and Behavioral Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with Autism and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder awarded by Autism Science Foundation (Mentor). 2021
Tailoring treatment targets for early autism intervention in Africa awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2019 to 2021
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Kurtzberg, J., et al. “MANUFACTURING OF ALLOGENEIC HUMAN CORD TISSUE MESENCHYMAL STROMAL CELLS: INITIAL RESULTS OF A PHASE I CLINICAL TRIAL IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.” Cytotherapy, vol. 20, no. 5, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, 2018, pp. S44–S44.