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Craig Newschaffer, PhD

Craig Newschaffer

Professor, Director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Associate Dean for Research
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, EARLI, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
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BA, Public Relations, Boston University; BS, Biology, Boston University; SM, Health Policy and Management, Harvard University School of Public Health; PhD, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University


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.

Research Interests

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders
  • Gene-environment interaction
  • Neurological disorders


Yudell M, Tabor HK, Dawson G, Rossi J, Newschaffer CJ and the Working Group in Autism Risk Communication and Ethics.  Priorities for autism spectrum disorders risk communication and ethics.  Autism.  Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Newschaffer CJ, Croen LA, Fallin MD, Hertz-Picciotto I, Nguyen DV, Lee NL, Berry CA, Farzadegan H, Hess HN, Landa RJ, Levy SE, Massolo ML, Meyerer SC, Mohammed SM, Oliver MC, Ozonoff S, Pandey J, Schroeder A, Shedd-Wise, KM.  Infant siblings and the investigation of autism risk factors.  J Neurodev Disord. 4:7; 2012.

Croen LA, Connors SL, Matevia M, Qian Y, Newschaffer C, Zimmerman AW. Prenatal exposure to β2-adrenergic receptor agonists and risk of autism spectrum disorders. J Neurodev Disord. 2011 Aug 27.

Schendel DE, Diguiseppi C, Croen LA, Fallin MD, Reed PL, Schieve LA, Wiggins LD, Daniels J, Grether J, Levy SE, Miller L, Newschaffer C, Pinto-Martin J, Robinson C, Windham GC, Alexander A, Aylsworth AS, Bernal P, Bonner JD, Blaskey L, Bradley C, Collins J, Ferretti CJ, Farzadegan H, Giarelli E, Harvey M, Hepburn S, Herr M,Kaparich K, Landa R, Lee LC, Levenseller B, Meyerer S, Rahbar MH, Ratchford A,Reynolds A, Rosenberg S, Rusyniak J, Shapira SK, Smith K, Souders M, Thompson PA,Young L, Yeargin-Allsopp M. The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED): A Multisite Epidemiologic Study of Autism by the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) Network.  J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Oct;42(10):2121-40.

Rice C, Nicholas J, Baio J, Pettygrove S, Lee L-C, Van Naarden Braun K, Doernberg N, Cunniff C, Newschaffer C, Meaney FJ, Charles J, Washington A, King L, Kolotos M, Mancilla K, Mervis CA, Carpenter L, Yeargin-Allsopp M.  Changes in Autism Prevalence in Four Areas of the United States.  Disabil Health J.  3(3):186-201; 2010.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Principal Investigators, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders--autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, United States, 2006. MMWR Surveill Summ. 58(SS10):1-20; 2009.

Shattuck PT, Durkin M, Maenner M, Newschaffer CJ, Mandell DS, Wiggins L, Lee LC, Rice C, Giarelli E, Kirby R, Baio J, Pinto-Martin J, Cuniff C. Timing of Identification Among Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings From a Population-Based Surveillance Study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 48(5):474-483;2009.