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Dr. Geraldine Dawson is the William Cleland Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. She directs the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

Using electrophysiological techniques, Dawson's lab discovered differences in brain circuitry related to face processing in young children with autism, which are apparent during infancy before symptom onset and a lifelong brain-based autism biomarker. Her studies based on home videotapes were among the first to describe the emergence of autism symptoms during infancy.

With Sally Rogers, Dawson co-created the Early Start Denver Model, an empirically validated early autism intervention used worldwide. She served as the first chief science officer for Autism Speaks and testified before Congress in support of major autism legislation.

Dawson served two terms on the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the American Psychological Association Distinguished Career Award (Div53) and the Association for Psychological Science Lifetime Achievement Award and she was recognized by Clarivate as a Top 1% Cited Researcher Across All Scientific Fields.

Dawson received a Ph.D. in developmental and child clinical psychology from the University of Washington and completed a clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.