Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director | Duke Autism
Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director

Welcome to the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development!

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development is dedicated to helping each individual with autism and related developmental disabilities reach his or her full potential, thereby allowing society to benefit from the talents and diversity which persons with autism and other developmental disabilities offer. We are a group of dedicated clinicians and scientists who work in partnership with people with autism and related disabilities, families, and the broader community to realize this goal.

With the support of Duke University, research grants, and philanthropy, we offer state-of-the-art interdisciplinary clinical care, conduct cutting-edge research that improves lives, inspire and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and partner with the community to impact policy and services. We promote synergies between the clinical and research programs so we can translate scientific discoveries into improved methods for screening, diagnosis, and treatment in the clinic and community.

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development is part of the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, whose mission is to conduct research that transforms our understanding of brain function and translates into innovative solutions for health and society.

Our Center collaborates with departments and institutes across the university, including hosting community events for families. We sponsor a community speaker in April for Autism Awareness Month and offer sports clinics for individuals with autism and their families. Click here to see a video of the basketball clinic we co-hosted with the Duke Blue Devils Men's Basketball Program. 

Meet Dr. Geraldine Dawson - Here is a podcast with Dr. Dawson discussing autism early detection and treatment throughout the lifespan.  View a video of Dr. Dawson discussing clinical services at the Duke Center for Autism. Listen to an NPR interview with Dr. Dawson.