Saritha Vermeer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Clinical Psychologist, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Saritha Vermeer, Ph.D. is a faculty member and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Currently, she works as part of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development (CABD), providing evaluations and intervention services including evidence based therapies for anxiety, behavioral issues, and social skills concerns.  Prior to joining CABD, Dr. Vermeer has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, child and adolescent psychiatry clinics and most recently, as part of the primary care mental health team at Duke Children’s Primary Care.  In addition to working directly with children and adolescents, Dr. Vermeer appreciates the opportunity to provide support to families and to work collaboratively with parents and caregivers. 

With regard to research, she has been involved in recent studies focused on improving the early identification of young children at risk for autism.  This work was conducted in collaboration with faculty members and staff in primary care pediatrics here at Duke.  Currently, Dr. Vermeer is involved in a research study to investigate the effects of cord blood stem cell therapy on children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Vermeer completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia.  She completed both her psychology internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago Medical Center with specialized training in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and treatment of young children with social, behavioral and emotional challenges.