Geraldine Dawson is professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, pediatrics, and psychology & neuroscience at Duke University. She is past-president of the International Society for Autism Research and a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. She is director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an interdisciplinary autism research and treatment center, and chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
Dr. Dawson is director of an NIH Autism Center of Excellence Award at Duke focused on understanding early detection, neural bases and treatment of autism and ADHD. She has published extensively on early detection, brain function, and treatment of autism. With Sally Rogers, she developed the Early Start Denver Model, a comprehensive early behavioral intervention for young children with autism, which has been translated into 16 languages and used worldwide. Her awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science and the NIH Top 20 Advances in Autism Research Award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. TIME magazine recognized her work as a top 10 medical breakthrough of 2012.