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Diana Robins, PhD

Diana Robins, PhD

Director and Professor

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Expertise:

autism

early detection

Contact:

dlr76@drexel.edu

215.571.3439

Diana L. Robins, Ph.D. is director and professor at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, where she also leads the Research Program in Early Detection and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Much of her work has centered around developing, validating and refining a widely used screening tool for ASD, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. The original M-CHAT paper has been cited more than 1,600 times, and the validation of the recent revision, M-CHAT-R with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F), demonstrated that the 2-stage screening questionnaire detects many cases of autism, and children in the study were diagnosed about two years younger than the national median, which improves access to ASD-specific early intervention.

Her work has been published in leading pediatric and autism journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Autism: The International Journal of Science and Practice.

For more information about Robins.

For news media inquiries, contact Annie Korp at amk522@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • Drexel's Autism Institute Finds New Director In-House

    Diana Robins, PhD, director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was featured in a Nov. 27Philadelphia Business Journal story about her recent appointment as director of the Institute.

  • Recognizing Signs of Autism: How a Late Diagnosis Could Delay Crucial Intervention

    Diana Robins, PhD, interim director and professor in the the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in an Oct. 30 Fox News article about the effects of a delayed autism diagnosis for children and why parents and physicians might miss early signs of autism.

  • Standard Autism Screening Is Missing a Lot of Kids

    Diana Robins, PhD, interim director and professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Oct. 1 Healthline article about a recent study that showed the standard autism screening was missing signs of autism spectrum disorder in many kids during their routine well-child visits.

  • Autism Rates Have Risen 44% in New Jersey, Experts Aren't Sure Why

    Diana Robins, PhD, interim director and professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in an April 15 Healthline story about a recent CDC report on the rate of autism in 4-year-olds increasing in New Jersey.

  • In China, New Approach Offers Hope of Early Autism Diagnosis

    Diana Robins, PhD, interim director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in an Oct.Spectrum News story about China's new approach to diagnosing autism at an earlier age.

  • Should We Screen All 2-Year-Olds for Autism?

    Diana L. Robins, PhD, a research leader of Early Detection and Intervention in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Nov. 29 Slate story about screening 2-year-olds for autism.

  • Ignore the Bad Advice — All Kids Need Autism Screening

    Diana Robins, PhD, associate professor leader of Early Detection and Intervention research program in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was mentioned in an op-ed that appeared on Yahoo! News March 2.

  • Expert Panel Withholds Support for Early Autism Screening

    Diana Robins, PhD, an associate professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and leader of the research program area in early detection and intervention, was quoted in a New York Times article on Aug. 3 about a new proposal from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stating that there is not yet enough evidence to recommend universal early autism screening for young children.

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