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Welcome Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD, Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf will be joining us as executive director of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and as the Thompson Endowed Chair in Child Health.

Dr. Sheinkopf is joining us from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he is a leader in psychiatry and pediatrics. He is also a staff clinical psychologist at Women & Infants Hospital and at Bradley Hospital.

At Brown, Dr. Sheinkopf is principal investigator of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RICART), funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, and co-leads the autism research initiative as part of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute. His primary research interests include the identification of very early signs of autism in infancy, the development of social communication abilities in young children with autism, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children exposed to drugs prenatally.

Dr. Sheinkopf has served on scientific grant review panels for Autism Speaks and the Autism Research Program through the Department of Defense, and has reviewed grants for the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Sheinkopf received his doctorate from University of Miami and completed his postdoctoral training at Brown Medical School under an NRSA fellowship.

Dr. Sheinkopf will use his extensive experience as both a clinician and researcher to help achieve the Thompson Center’s goal of providing excellent health, educational and behavioral services for individuals with autism and other developmental conditions.