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Fred R. Volkmar '72 LAS

2014 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award

Fred R. Volkmar '72 LAS

2014 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award

Fred R. Volkmar '72 LAS, director of the Yale University Child Study Center, is honored for his pioneering work in understanding autism. The leader of a team that in 1990 developed the definition of the disorder used by the American Psychiatric Association, Volkmar is considered a leading expert on the diagnosis and treatment of autism and related disorders, and was the principal investigator on a large-scale, longitudinal study of autistic children, held at 10 centers across the nation. In his work as the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, Volkmar is developing quantifiable methods of identifying social and biomedical aspects of autism so that a diagnosis can be made far earlier than age 3, thereby allowing treatment to take advantage of the neuroplasticity of infants and young children. He is the author of several notable books and several hundred papers discussing the autism spectrum and serves as editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Volkmar, chief of child psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Illinois in 2013.

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