Lauren Kenworthy, PhD Neuropsychologist | Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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  • Karolinska Institute, 
  • MD Autism Society, 
  • Albany Autism Ctr PAR Inc 
  • Brookes Publishing  


Bio

Biography

Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, is Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center and professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kenworthy received her BA from Yale University and PhD from the University of Maryland. She completed her 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 Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine since 1995. Dr. Kenworthy's research interests are in describing and treating the neuropsychological phenotype of autism. She is an author of more than 60 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 1,000 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. She is currently completing a 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 national and international speaker on autism spectrum disorders and executive functions, Dr. Kenworthy also serves on dissertation committees and as a journal reviewer.

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News

Single Assessment to Capture Children’s Cognitive and Social Flexibility Measures Flexible Thinking

Researchers from Children’s National Health System and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new measure of children’s flexible thinking, the Flexibility Scale. This tool is the first to provide a measurement that captures links between cognitive skills and social functioning in children and directly addresses social flexibility, which is fundamental to a child’s ability to make friends and be successful in school.

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