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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 with Warren Jones in the development of novel techniques to measure social processes using eye-tracking technologies. It aims to visualize and quantify social engagement as it unfolds. New approaches to data analysis have been used with children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and have revealed abnormalities of visual scanning behaviors when viewing naturalistic social approaches and situations.

With the support of the Simons Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Klin is currently monitoring babies at risk for autism from birth. His goal is to create objective measurements of vulnerabilities for autism in the first year or maybe months of life, possibly before the emergence of detectable symptoms. This program of research also includes studies of the ability to impose social meaning on ambiguous visual displays, probing systems involved in the perception of biological motion and human action more broadly. Additional projects include studies of diagnostic profiles, neuropsychology, adaptive functioning, and circumscribed interests in autism spectrum disorders. Collaborations include studies in functional neuroimaging, genetics, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Honorary Member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2008
  2. Researcher of the Year, “Healthcare Heroes,” Business New Haven in collaboration with Yale – New Haven Hospital & ConnectiCare, 2008
  3. Honorary Committee, 2nd Annual “Magic Moments” Event – The Kennedy Center Autism Program, Trumbull, CT, 2008
  4. Pearl H. Rieger Award for Excellence in Clinical Science, Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2007
  5. Honorary Scientific Committee of the 8th International Congress Autism Europe, Oslo, Norway, 2007

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Recommended Reading List

  • “Two-Year-Olds with Autism Fail to Orient towards Human Biological Motion but Attend Instead to Non-social, Physical Contingencies.” Klin, A., et al. (2009). Nature.
  • “Heterogeneity and Homogeneity across the Autism Spectrum: the Role of Development.” Jones, W., et al. (2009). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • “Three Things to Remember if You Are a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Researcher of Face Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Klin, A. (2008). Biological Psychiatry, 64(7).

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