Cheryl Klaiman has been working in the field of autism spectrum disorders since 1993, graduating with her Ph.D. from McGill University in 2003. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral internship at the Yale Child Study Center, working closely with Drs. Ami Klin, Robert Schultz, Fred Volkmar and Sara Sparrow. She was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale for six years prior to moving to California and working at the Children’s Health Council, where she was a staff psychologist and then was the Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities multidisciplinary team.
She was also a clinical researcher at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry where she worked closely with Dr. Allan Reiss examining the overlap of autism and Fragile X syndrome as well as collaborating on a longitudinal study of Fragile X syndrome, Turner Syndrome and Williams syndrome.
In her current position she is responsible for clinical characterization of individuals enrolled in the various research studies, contributing to best estimate diagnoses and training other staff psychologists, post-doctoral fellows and psychology interns as well as research assistants on diagnostic and other assessment tools. Her research interests center around techniques to aid in the differential diagnosis of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (such as eye-tracking, ERP and fMRI), early diagnosis and treatment strategies and genetic comorbidities such as Fragile X syndrome and Williams syndrome.
Avi Gates, an active, independent 3-year-old, does not have autism. But for two years, she was a participant in an autism research study aimed at changing the very nature of the disease. Learn why Avi's parent's chose to participate in autism research.
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