Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD
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Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD, completed a master’s degree in child psychiatric nursing at Yale University in 1989 and his doctorate in epidemiology at Yale in 1997. He is an internationally recognized expert on the design and conduct of clinical trials in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

During the past two decades, Dr. Scahill has completed several single and multisite studies on psychopharmacological and behavioral interventions that have contributed to the evidence-based care of children with autism. In addition, he has led several studies designed to improve outcome measurement in intervention studies.

Dr. Scahill joined the faculty at Emory University and Marcus Autism Center in 2012 where he continues his work in these areas of research. He is an author of over 250 journal articles, a co-author of three treatment manuals and an editor of three textbooks.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Movement Disorders in Child Psychiatry. Annual Conference of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Seattle, Washington. (October 25, 2018)
  • Matching Medication To Target Symptoms in Youth with ASD. Marcus Autism Center, Summer Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia. (July 10, 2018)
  • Anxiety in Children and Adolescents. Emory Department of Pediatrics, Behavioral Health Symposium: Pediatric Anxiety - Minimizing the Worry, Atlanta, Georgia. (June 9, 2018)
  • Parent training for disruptive behavior in young children with ASD. Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Association, New York, New York. (May 5, 2018)
  • Parent training for disruptive behavior in young children with ASD. Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia. (April 20, 2018)
  • Toward better measurement of anxiety in youth with ASD. Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia. (April 19, 2018).
  • Parent training for disruptive behavior in young children with ASD: A home improvement model. Gayle Gwaltney Memorial Lecture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. (February 9, 2018)
  • Distinguished Guest Lecture. University at Albany, State University of New York, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Albany, New York. (March 7, 2019)
  • Keynote Address: Autism Special Interest Group. Annual Conference of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2018)