Lauren Franz

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health

At Duke University, Dr. Franz is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health and Faculty in the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an interdisciplinary research and clinical center serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. She is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and her research focuses on improving access to evidence-based treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD in diverse communities globally. Dr. Franz is Principal Investigator (PI) on an NIMH-funded Career Development Award (5K01-MH104370) which aims to assess implementation and clinical outcomes of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI)-informed caregiver coaching, delivered by non-specialists in South Africa; PI of an NIHM-funded R21 (1R21-MH120696) which aims to examine the validity of NDBI treatment targets and a novel digital outcome measures of treatment response; and Lead of the Dissemination and Outreach Core of the NICHD-funded Duke Autism Center of Excellence (3P50-HD093074) which is focused on understanding early detection, neural bases and treatment of ASD and ADHD. Dr. Franz is also a certified trainer in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a comprehensive, empirically tested intervention specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers with ASD.