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.