Ami Klin Is Appointed the Harris Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Ami Klin, the newly designated Harris Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, is a developmental psychologist who is a world-renowned expert on severe developmental disorders, particularly autism and related conditions.

Klin is the director of the Yale Child Study Center’s Autism Program, which is dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The program is also committed to research, training and advocacy. The Yale psychologist had created new methods for studying social understanding in young children and in individuals with developmental disorders, and he has been recognized for his clinical evaluation and assessment skills, as well as for his ability to engage even the most reticent patients who have developmental disorders.

His current research focuses on mechanisms of socialization and their disruption in the autism spectrum disorders. This work includes the development of novel techniques to quantify social processes using eye-tracking technologies to visualize and measure social engagement. He and colleagues are monitoring babies at risk for autism for indications of vulnerabilities for autism in early infancy, possibly before the emergence of detectable symptoms. He is also engaged in studies of diagnostic profiles, neuropsychology and adaptive functioning, and is collaborating with colleagues in studies involving functional neuroimaging, genetics, neuro­biology and psycho­pharmacology.

A native of Brazil, Klin lived in Israel for many years, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Hebrew University. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of London. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale before he joined the faculty as an instructor in 1992. He was named the Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry at the Child Study Center in 1999. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology and has also been affiliated with the University’s Cognitive Science Program. He was the chief of psychology at the Child Study Center 2002-2004.

Klin has been honored for his medical contributions by the Autism Society of America Foundation, the Asperger’s Association of New England and the Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center, among others. An invited lecturer around the world, he has served on task forces and working groups for numerous professional organizations and has been active in serving programs and organizations dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disorders. He is a member of the International Society for Autism Research.

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