The EMJ Podcast | Episode 188
In this week’s episode, Jonathan is joined by Geraldine Dawson, Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, and the Duke Autism Clinic, in Durham, North Carolina, USA. In the first of a two-part episode, the pair discuss autism screening, the characteristics of autism in infancy, and the benefits of early intervention in social interactions.
Geraldine Dawson obtained a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, followed by a PhD in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology from the same institution. She then completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. She is William Cleland Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, where she also is Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience.
Dawson currently directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Center of Excellence at Duke University (P50), focused on a translational digital health and computational approach to autism screening tools, outcome measures, and brain-based biomarkers. She served as President of the International Society for Autism Research, and was Founding Director of the University of Washington Autism Center. She was awarded the American Psychological Association Distinguished Career Award, the Association for Psychological Science Lifetime Achievement Award, the Clarivate™ Top 1% Cited Researcher Across All Scientific Fields, as well as the NIH Top 20 Research Advance multiple times.