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Baby Sibs Consortium Researchers

Baby Siblings Research ConsortiumThe following researchers comprise the committee of principal investigators of the High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC). Each investigator actively participates in meetings, shares data and collaborates on joint projects. Each of these researchers share the common goal of identifying autism at the earliest age possible so that intervention strategies can be developed that improve the developmental trajectory of infants who may be later diagnosed with autism. They represent leaders in the field of developmental pediatrics, child psychology and infant development in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

For scientists who have received funding for a project enrolling high risk infants, we invite you to review the goals of the BSRC, and our primary mission of pooling data for collaborative research projects. Please read the most recent annual report for background information and a list of the common measures that all members agree to include in their projects. The BSRC reviews applications for membership on an annual basis in September.

For more information, please contact Alycia Halladay (

Susan Bryson, Ph.D.
Research Chair in Autism
Autism Research Centre
IWK Health Centre
Dalhousie University
5850 University Ave
Halifax, NS, B3J 3G9

Alice S. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Leslie Carver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology and Human Development
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0109

Tony Charman, Ph.D., representing the BASIS Network
Professor in Autism Education 
Institute of Education, University of London 
20 Bedford Way 

Kasia Chawarska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Yale University School of Medicine
Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06510

Suzanne Curtin, Ph.D.
Departments of Psychology and Linguistics
Admin 260
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 1N4

Karen Dobkins, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Director, Infant Vision Laboratory
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

Deborah Fein, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology University of Connecticut
406 Babbidge Rd
Storrs, CT 06268

Judith Gardner, Ph.D. 
Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities 
Infant Development Follow-Up Program 
Bldg. 28-D 
930 Willowbrook Road 
Staten Island, NY 10314 
Phone: (718) 494-5361 
Fax: (718-494-4806 
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine and the UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis MIND Institute 
2825 50th Street 
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (530) 752-3025 
Ted Hutman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment
Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Room 68-237
760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1759
ph: (310) 825-8866
fx: (310) 267-2471
Jana Iverson, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
3145 Sennott Square
210 S. Bouguet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Ami Klin, Ph.D.
Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Professor & Chief, Division of Autism and Related Disorders
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University
Atlanta GA 30329
Tel.: +1 404 785 6548
Fax: +1 404 785 9485

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders
and of the REACH research program, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dept. of Psychiatry
3901 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211

Daniel Messinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Pediatrics University of Miami
Flipse Building
P.O. Box 249229
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0751

Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience
Harvard Medical School
Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research
Children’s Hospital Boston
1 Autumn Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
617 355-0401 (Office)
617 355-0400 (Lab)
617 730-0518 (Fax)

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
M.I.N.D. Institute
UC Davis Health System
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Joseph Piven, M.D.
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sally Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
M.I.N.D. Institute
UC Davis Health System
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Mark Strauss, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
3403 Sennot Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Susan and Richard Fade Endowed Chair
Director, UW Autism Center
University of Washington
Center on Human Development and Disability
Box 357920
1701 Columbia Road #385
Seattle, WA 98195
ph: 206-543-1051
fax: 206-598-7815

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Boston University
64 Cummington Street
Boston MA 02215
T: 617-358-5910 

F: 617-358-5911

Athena Vouloumanos, Ph.D. – associate member 
Assistant Professor 
Dept of Psychology 
New York University

Sara Jane Webb, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UW Autism Center
Research Program Box 357920
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195

Nurit Yirmiya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Psychology & School of Educ.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem ISRAEL 91905

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Alberta
1023 - 111 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5G 0B7

ADDITIONAL BSRC projects that include sites across the US:
The Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation
The Infant Brain Imaging Study