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, an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, is dedicated to ensuring that individuals on the autism spectrum reach their full potential, allowing society to benefit from the talents that neurodiverse individuals offer. We are a group of dedicated clinicians and scientists who work in partnership with autistic individuals and their families, as well as 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

Meet our Director

Dr. Geraldine Dawson - Listen to 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.