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Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.

Institute Director
Phone: (215) 571-3401
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Craig Newschaffer is founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University School of Public Health.  The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute applies a public health science approach to address challenges facing individuals with ASD and their families.   Dr. Newschaffer is an epidemiologist whose main research focus is the discovery of modifiable autism risk factors.  However, in addition to Dr. Newschaffer’s own research program, the AJ Drexel Autism Institute also houses robust research programs on early detection and intervention and ASD life course outcomes as well as policy analysis and clinical consulting groups.  Dr. Newschaffer has directed an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) project, been a site PI on other major autism epidemiology initiatives, including both the ADDM Network and SEED Study, and led an NIH-funded project testing streamlined approaches to ASD case confirmation for epidemiologic research purposes.  He has served on the DOD Autism Research Program Integration Panel, the Autism Speaks Science Advisory Board, and, on multiple occasions, the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research expert review group.  Dr. Newschaffer is also a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and currently is the current Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research, an Associate Editor of Autism Research, and Interim Associate Dean for Research at the Drexel University School of Public Health.