Autism today - what we do and don't know

Professor Fred R Volkmar, M.D.

Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. is Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, School of Medicine. Four years after completing his residency at Stanford, Dr. Volkmar received a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the Yale University’s School of Medicine and has been there ever since. In addition to having directed the internationally known autism clinic he also served as director of the autism research program at Yale before becoming chair of his department from 2006-2014. He has dedicated his career to understanding and treating children with developmental disorders and is a leader in the field of autism research. He has served as a teacher and mentor to others who are now leaders in the field. Dr. Volkmar’s grants and publications run just short of 100 pages in his CV. He is editor of the Journal of Autism and a gifted clinician and teacher and his contributions have greatly improved the lives of children suffering from developmental disorders and their families.


This presentation will provide a broad overview of autism research. Critical advances in the early decades of autism research will be noted and advances following its official recognition in 1980 summarized. It is clear that... [ view full abstract ]


PL-1 » State of the Art Lecture (10:40 - Friday, 16th September, Pentland Auditorium)