DR. KEVIN PELPHREY
George Washington University, Professor and Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute and Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC.
Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is Carbonell Family Professor and Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at The George Washington University (GW) and Children's National Health System (CNHS) in Washington, DC. As a neuroscientist, his research investigates the brain basis of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The goal of his research is to understand the causes of autism to help get the right treatment to the right individual at the right time. Dr. Pelphrey is the Principal Investigator of the NIH Autism Center for Excellence—Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with Autism network that spans GW/CNHS (the lead site), Yale, Harvard/Boston Children's Hospital, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Denver, and University of Washington/ Sea le Children's Hospital. Dr. Pelphrey's research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, the Autism Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation. His contributions to the field have been recognized by receipt of a NIH Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, a John Merck Scholars Award, the Microso Corporation's Breakthrough Award and the American Psychological Association's Boyd McCandless Award for distinguished early career theoretical contributions to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Pelphrey is the father of five children, including two children on the autism spectrum. As a father and advocate, he serves at the request of the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a public member of the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.