Geraldine Dawson Ph.D.

Geraldine Dawson became Autism Speaks' first chief science officer in January of 2008. Dawson serves as the scientific leader of Autism Speaks, working with the scientific community, stakeholders, and science staff to shape, expand and communicate the foundation's scientific vision and strategy. Dawson is also Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Dawson was Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Washington (UW) and Founding Director of the UW Autism Center,...

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Jason, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, talks about his struggle to overcome his problems with social interactions. Dr. Ami Klim explains the challenges people with Asperger's have with intuitive behavior.


Jason is a twenty-nine year old man with Asperger’s Syndrome from Rockland County, NY. Asperger’s Syndrome is part of the Autism Spectrum of Disorders and is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects the senses, motor skills, social skills and language. Jason was diagnosed relatively late in life and has endured a great deal of emotional pain due to his lack of social skills. He was also misdiagnosed with various conditions in his childhood, including schizophrenia and ADHD, and was given medication which caused horrible...

Geraldine Dawson Ph.D.

Dr. Dawson earned a Ph.D. in developmental and child clinical psychology from University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. In 1980, she was Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1985, she returned to UW as Professor of Psychology. In 2008, Dr. Dawson became Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks and Research Professor of Psychiatry at UNC, Chapel Hill. She was Founding Director of the UW Autism Center, a multidisciplinary autism research and clinical program. Her scientific achievements...

Richard Perry, M.D.

Dr. Perry is a Clinical Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospitals. At Bellevue Hospital and in his private practice, part of his work is devoted to the he diagnosis and treatment of individuals who are in the autistic spectrum. During the 1980s and 1990s he was a member of the Children's Psychopharmacology Unit at Bellevue which conducted research aiming for a better understanding of the causes and...

Ami Klin, Ph.D.

Dr. Ami Klin is the Director of the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine. He directed the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine until 2010, where he was the Harris Professor of Child Psychology & Psychiatry. Dr. Klin's program of research focuses on the socialization process in autism spectrum disorders and why it becomes disrupted. This work includes a close collaboration...

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