Kerri P. Nowell, MA, PhD

University of Missouri – Columbia (MU)

I aim to better understand the heterogeneity within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) phenotype and, as a result, improve diagnostic processes and identify targeted intervention for ASD and co-occurring difficulties. My primary scientific contributions fall into three major categories: 1) characterizing phenotypic profiles in ASD with an aim to identify possible subpopulations within the spectrum 2) working on multi-disciplinary research teams to examine the relation between behavioral phenotype and genotype, and 3) examining how socio-demographic and individual factors may influence timeliness of ASD diagnosis. More recently, related to my work characterizing the autism phenotype, I have become particularly interested in the presentation and assessment of anxious symptomatology in youth with ASD.