Samuel Fernandez-Carriba, Ph.D., received an undergraduate and masters degree in Psychology in 1995, and a doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2001, from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Two years of his doctoral training took place at the Yerkes National Research Primate Center under the supervision of Dr. William Hopkins, co-director of his dissertation, where he approached the study of human emotions through an examination of biological determinants and evolutionary history as observed in the chimpanzee.
After his return to Emory in 2002, he dedicated more than eight years at the Emory Autism Center to assessment, intervention, and research related to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) under the supervision of Dr. Gail McGee. At Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Fernandez-Carriba conducts diagnostic evaluations on children and adults with ASD and related disorders, as well as research on two related topics:
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