Scientific Advisory Board

The following advisory board is responsible for reviewing proposals submitted to Autism Speaks to conduct basic and clinical research, pilot studies, and to support fellowships. For detailed member bios, click on the names of the individual members below. For the full list, click here.

Ted Abel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology
Director, Biological Basis of Behavior Program
University of Pennsylvania

David G. Amaral, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Center for Neuroscience, and the California National Primate Research Center
Beneto Foundation Chair and Research Director,
The M.I.N.D. Institute
University of California, Davis

Christopher Amos, Ph. D.
Annie Laurie Howard Professor of Epidemiology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Deputy Chair, Ad Interim, Department of Epidemiology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Rene Anand, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Pharmacology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Mark Appelbaum, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of California, San Diego

Melissa Begg, Sc.D.
Professor of Clinical biostatistics
Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

David Bellinger, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Professor in the Department of Environmental Health
Harvard School of Public Health
Senior Research Associate in Neurology
Senior Associate in Psychiatry
Children's Hospital Boston

Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.
Joaquin M. Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Principal Investigator, Center for Autism Treatment and Research
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles

Rita M. Cantor, Ph.D.
Departments of Human Genetics & Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Doug Compton
Research Diets, Inc.

Lisa Croen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Director, California Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE)

Stephen R. Dager, M.D.
Professor of Radiology
Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
Interim Director, University of Washington Autism Center
Director, Neuroimaging Research Group
University of Washington School of Medicine

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director, W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bernie Devlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics
Carnegie Mellon University

Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, M.D.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology/Pediatrics (Neurology)
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Deborah Fein, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut

Vahram (Harry) Haroutunian, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Clinical and Biological Studies of Early Alzheimer's Disease
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine

A. Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Center for Neuroscience
University of California, Davis

Sheryl Moy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Laboratory
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Michael Murias, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Washington

Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience
Harvard Medical School
Richard David Scott Chair of Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research
Children's Hospital Boston

Richard Nowakowski, Ph.D.
Randolph L. Rill Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Florida State University College of Medicine

Andrew Paterson, M.D.
Senior Scientist and Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Complex Diseases,
Genetics and Genome Biology Program
The Hospital for Sick Children Research Center, Toronto

Paul Patterson, Ph.D.
Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Richard Paylor, Ph.D.
Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine

Isaac Pessah, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Molecular biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Director, Center for Children's Environmental Health
University of California, Davis

Ann M. Reynolds, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Director, The Child Development Unit
The Children's Hospital- Denver

Catherine E. Rice, Ph.D.
Behavioral Scientist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
US Department of Health and Human Services

Robert T. Schultz, Ph.D.
R.A.C. Endowed Professor of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics
University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Autism Research
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Nancy Simon, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Washington Medical Center

Sangram Sisodia, Ph.D.
Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Neurobiology
Director, Center for Molecular Neurobiology
The University of Chicago

Wendy L. Stone, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Director, University of Washington Autism Center
University of Washington

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.
Director and Principal Investigator, Lab of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Boston University School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Psychology
Boston University

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit,
MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases,
Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Neurology (Neuroscience), Harvard Medical School

Roberta White, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D.
AHFMR Health Scholar
Co-director, Autism Research Centre
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Alberta