George Washington University Names Director of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute
The George Washington University has announced the selection of Kevin Pelphrey as the inaugural director of the university’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. Dr. Pelphrey brings more than 15 years of experience in autism and neuroscience research, most recently as director of Yale University’s Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience. He will begin his new role April 1.
As the founding director, Dr. Pelphrey will refine and implement the vision of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute as a resource that offers evidence-based clinical treatments and conducts research on the full spectrum of autism. In partnership with Children’s National Medical Center, the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute will focus particularly on adults with autism, a rarely covered age range in the field. In addition, Dr. Pelphrey will encourage research on females with autism, as they exhibit signs differently than males and are often diagnosed at a later age. He aims to make the institute a “one-stop” resource for families affected by autism in the Washington metropolitan region.