Meet the Director

Director Kevin Pelphrey

Kevin Pelphrey is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and the parent of a young woman with autism. He utilizes brain science to develop biologically-based tools for detection, stratification and individually tailored treatments. He leads the NIH Autism Center for Excellence—Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Autism network that spans seven national sites. He directs an NIH postdoctoral training program to prepare scientist-clinicians for independent careers translating multidisciplinary science into novel treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders. At GW, Dr. Pelphrey is the Carbonell Family Professor and director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. The institute serves as a focal point for translational research and comprehensive clinical services for autism, while also serving as a beacon for policymakers seeking information on issues surrounding policy, research and treatment of autism.

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Selected publications from Dr. Pelphrey's research

Rosenblau, G., Korn, C.W., & Pelphrey K.A. (2018). A computational account of optimizing social predictions reveals that adolescents are conservative learners in social contexts. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(4): 974-988. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1044-17.2017.

Yang, Y.J.D., Allen, T., Abdullahi, S.M., Pelphrey, K.A., Volkmar, F.R., & Chapman, S.B. (2018). Neural mechanisms of behavioral change in young adults with high-functioning autism receiving virtual reality social cognition training: A pilot study. Autism Research. doi: 10.1002/aur.1941.

Gupta, A.R., Westphal, A., Yang, D.Y.J., Sullivan, C.A.W., Eilbott, J., Zaidi, S., Voos, A., Vander Wyk B.C., Ventola P, Waqar, Z., Fernandez, T.V., Ercan-Sencicek, A.G., Walker, M.F., Choi, M., Schneider, A., Hedderly, T., Baird, G., Friedman, H., Cordeaux, C., Ristow, A., Shic, F., Volkmar, F.R., & Pelphrey, K.A. (2017). Neurogenetic analysis of childhood disintegrative disorder. Molecular Autism, 8(19). doi: 10.1186/s13229-017-0133-0.

Yang, D. Y.-J., Pelphrey, K. A., Sukhodolsky, D. G., Crowley, M. J., Dayan, E., Dvornek, N., Venkataraman, A., Duncan, J., Staib, L., & Ventola, P. (2016). Brain responses to biological motion predict treatment outcome in young children with autism. Translational Psychiatry, 6: e948. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.213.