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Wendy Stone


Dr. Wendy Stone received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami in 1981. She completed her predoctoral internship at Division TEACCH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent two years in a group practice in Raleigh, NC before returning to the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development.  Dr. Stone accepted a faculty position at Vanderbilt University in 1988, and remained there for the next 22 years.  Based in the Department of Pediatrics and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, she founded and directed the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), and was promoted to full professor in 2001. While at Vanderbilt she received service awards from the Autism Society of Tennessee and the Mayor's Advisory Council, as well as the outstanding alumnus award from the University of Miami.  In May 2010, Dr. Stone joined the University of Washington faculty, where she is Professor of Psychology and directs the UW Autism Center as the Susan & Richard Fade Endowed Chair.

Research or other Professional Activities

Dr. Stone's primary clinical and research interests are in early identification and early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders.  Her research focus is on the characterization of early-emerging behavioral features of autism, with the goals of understanding the core deficits and mechanisms underlying development of the disorder, designing targeted interventions to prevent or attenuate the expression of symptoms, and identifying developmental pathways and risk/protective factors that contribute to variability in social, learning, and behavioral outcomes for children at elevated risk.  She has received federal funding for this research since 1993. Her research with young children led to the development of the Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds (STAT), which is now being adapted for younger ages, for use by medical professionals, and for use in the National Children's Study.  Current research projects include the social-emotional development of infant siblings of children with autism, the identification of social-communicative and electrophysiological markers for autism in children under 24 months, and the evaluation of a parent-implemented intervention for young children at risk for autism. Dr. Stone has authored many papers on the early identification, assessment, and follow-up of young children with autism. She wrote a book for parents entitled, Does My Child Have Autism? and co-edited a book entitled Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She serves on the editorial boards of Autism Research and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and has participated in numerous work groups and ad hoc review panels for NIH and autism foundations. She is a member of Autism Speaks' Baby Siblings Research Consortium and Toddler Treatment Network. Dr. Stone is committed to translational science, and has worked to enhance knowledge and service capacity within community settings, through provision of training and outreach activities for families, pediatricians, teachers, and other community professionals.

Representative Publications

Stone, W.L., McMahon, C.R., Yoder, P.J., & Walden, T.A. (2007). Early social-communicative and cognitive development of younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 384-390.

Stone, W.L., McMahon, C., & Henderson, L.M. (2008). Use of the Screening Tool for Autism in Two-year-olds (STAT) for children under 24 months: An exploratory study. Autism, 12, 573-589.

Yoder, P.J., Stone, W.L., Walden, T.A., & Malesa, E.E. (2009). Predicting social impairment in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1381-1391.

Warren, Z., Stone, W.L., & Humberd, Q. (2009). A training model for the diagnosis of autism in community pediatric practice. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 442-446.

Carter, A.S., Messinger, D.S., Stone, W.L., Celimli, S., Nahmias, A.S., Yoder, P. (in press). A randomized trial of More Than Words in toddlers with early autism symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.