Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Discovery Day participants
2018 Discovery Day attendees learn more about emotional recognition and autism at an exhibit sponsored by the Center.

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has been designated as a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence and received substantial funding for research on autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This $12 million, five-year program funds studies that seek to improve the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of young children with autism and/or ADHD, a comorbidity that is prevalent but not well understood.

The Center’s mission is to provide exceptional, compassionate care to families so that each individual with autism will realize his or her fullest potential and to expand our impact through education, innovative research, and public policy. DIBS works closely with the Center to support education and outreach efforts such as the annual Autism Awareness Month lecture and Discovery Day.


DawsonDIBS Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD, a renowned researcher in the development and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in young children, directs the Autism Center. She is William Clelland Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, where she also is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience. 

Spring 2021 Seminar Series

Note: All seminars are held from 4-5 p.m. ET. Advance registration is required.

Jan. 6, 2021 - Vanessa Bal, PhD, Rutgers University, "Assessment of Minimally Verbal Children and Adults" REGISTER HERE

Feb. 3, 2021 - Giulia Righi, PhD., Brown University, "A Partial Hospital Program for Children & Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities & Psychiatric Co-morbidities: Lessons from the Trenches"

March 3, 2021 - Jill Locke, PhD, University of Washington, "Applying Implementation Science Methods to Support Evidence-based Practice Use for Children with Autism in Schools"

May 12, 2021 - Danai Fannin, PhD., North Carolina Central University, "Rural Health Disparities in ASD"

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