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Kevin Pelphrey

Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center

Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is the Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. He completed his doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then undertook postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University.

Dr. Pelphrey's research addresses fundamental questions regarding the typical and atypical development of brain mechanisms for social cognition in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. This work employs multiple methods including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, imaging genetics, and eye tracking. By studying the ontogeny of the brain mechanisms underlying social cognition in children with and without autism, Dr. Pelphrey is working to understand the causes of autism and thereby improve the diagnosis and treatment of this and related developmental disorders.

Dr. Pelphrey has received a Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, a John Merck Scholars Award for his work on the biology of developmental disorders, and the American Psychological Association's Boyd McCandless Award for distinguished early career theoretical contributions to Developmental Psychology. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the National Science Foundation.