Jill Howard, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director of Early Intervention Services, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Dr. Jill Howard (formerly Lorenzi) is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in conducting both clinical and research activities related to ASD. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Virginia Tech and her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Marcus Autism Center/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dr. Howard specializes in conducting comprehensive diagnostic assessments with individuals suspected of having or at high risk of developing ASD, and has administered assessments to children as young as 6 months of age. Additionally, Dr. Howard delivers evidence-based intervention services to individuals and families affected by ASD. She is certified as an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist, providing ESDM therapy to very young children on the autism spectrum.

With regard to research, Dr. Howard's primary research interests involve the early identification of and evidence-based treatments for ASD, as well as the development of social attention and behavior. Additionally, she is familiar with using tools such as eye tracking and heart rate variability to address related questions. Through her research, she has also sought to explore trajectories of early development in relation to clinical outcomes. At the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Dr. Howard is involved in studies aimed at understanding the social development of individuals with ASD and identifying early risk factors for anxiety in children with ASD. Dr. Howard is eager to continue to integrate her clinical and research interests in order to contribute positively to the lives of individuals and families affected by ASD.

Representative Publications

1. Patriquin, M. A., Lorenzi, J., Scarpa, A., Calkins, S. D., & Bell, M. A. (2015). Broad implications for respiratory sinus arrhythmia development: Associations with childhood symptoms of psychopathology in a community sample. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(1), 120-130. doi:10.1002/dev.21269

2. Hassenfeldt, T. A., Lorenzi, J., & Scarpa, A. (2015). A review of parent training in child interventions: Applications to cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with high-functioning autism. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2(1), 79-90. doi:10.1007/s40489-014-0038-1

3. Patriquin, M. A., Lorenzi, J., Scarpa, A., & Bell, M. A. (2014). Developmental trajectories of respiratory sinus arrhythmia: Associations with social responsiveness. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(3), 317-326. doi:10.1002/dev.21100

4.Cascio, C. J., Lorenzi, J., & Baranek, G. T. (2016). Self-reported pleasantness ratings and examiner-coded defensiveness in response to touch in children with ASD: Effects of stimulus material and bodily location. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(5), 1528-1537. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1961-1

5. Scarpa, A., Reyes, N. M., Patriquin, M. A., Lorenzi, J., Hassenfeldt, T. A., Desai, V. J., & Kerkering, K. W. (2013). The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers: Reliability in a diverse rural American sample. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(10), 2269-2279. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1779-x