Lauren Franz

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health

At Duke University, Dr. Franz is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health and Associate Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an interdisciplinary research and clinical center serving autistic individuals and their families. She is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and her research focuses on improving access to evidence-based services and supports for neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism in diverse communities locally and globally. In 2015 she received a 5-year mentored career development award from the NIMH, issued to build research capacity in global mental health. This grant supported training in evidence-based autism intervention and implementation science. In 2019 Dr. Franz was awarded a Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan R21, which supports collaborative research and capacity building projects in areas relevant to low and middle income countries. She is the UNICEF Technical Lead for a UNICEF/WHO project developing a comprehensive approach to provide care and support for young autistic children and their families. Dr. Franz leads Duke’s NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence (P50) Dissemination and Outreach Core, which promotes bi-directional communication between investigators and a range of key stakeholders, and develops the research pipeline for future autism researchers. In addition, in the P50 she leads a project on the feasibility and efficacy of caregiver coaching for children with autism and ADHD delivered remotely via telehealth.

Listen to the Autism Weekly Podcast: The Incredible Impact of Early Intervention with Dr. Lauren Franz