Lauren Kenworthy, PhD Neuropsychologist



Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, is an associate professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Health System. Kenworthy received her BA from Yale University and PhD from the University of Maryland. She did internship and residency training in clinical psychology/pediatric neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Johns Hopkins Medical School and Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. 

She has been on the faculty at Children’s National  and George Washington University School of Medicine since 1995. Kenworthy's research interests are in the neuropsychological phenotype of autism.  She is an author of 49 peer reviewed publications documenting non-social deficits in autism. She is a co-author of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), which has been used in over 200 research publications to document executive functioning in various clinical groups. Her recent publications have focused on the role of executive dysfunction in autism and its treatment.  

She is author of a school based executive function intervention for children on the autism spectrum, Unstuck and On Target, recently proven effective in a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded trial of the intervention in Fairfax County Public Schools.  She is currently beginning another trial of Unstuck in low-income schools for children with ADHD as well as ASD. She is the author of three books and multiple chapters on high functioning autism spectrum disorders and executive functions. She also collaborates on functional imaging projects at the NIMH and Georgetown University. A frequent presenter on autism spectrum disorders and executive functions, Kenworthy also currently serves on several dissertation committees and as a journal reviewer.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Neuropsych Fellowship, 1995
    Mount Washington Ped. Hospital
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1993
    University of Maryland at College Park
  • Internship Program, Pediatric Psychology, 1993
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • MA, 1991
    University of Maryland at College Park
  • BA, English, 1984
    Yale University


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial of Executive Function Invention for Children on the Autism Spectrum

(2014) Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Characterizing the Factor Structure of Parent Reported Executive Function in Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Impact of Cognitive Inflexibility

(2014) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Increasing Adaptive Behavior Skill Deficits From Childhood to Adolescence in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Role of Executive Function

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Specific Executive Function Impairments Predict Comorbid Psychopathology in Autism Spectrum and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders


Neural correlates of set-shifting in children with autism

Autism Research

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