About Geraldine Dawson

Geraldine Dawson

Dr. Geraldine Dawson earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. After serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for the past six years at Autism Speaks, Dr. Dawson is now Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She is also the clinical and scientific leader of the Autism Program at Duke. Dr. Dawson was responsible for co-developing an early autism treatment model called the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). With all of Dr. Dawson’s outstanding work, she has been the recipient of many awards including the 2006 Autism Hero Award from the Autism Now Foundation and the 2004 Autism Society of Washington Medical Professional of the Year. Dr. Dawson has edited and written many publications as well as serving on advisory boards and committees.