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Matthew Speltz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
University of Washington
Box 359300, CL-08
Seattle, WA 98195-9300

Dr. Speltz

Dr. Speltz’s current research focuses on the neurobehavioral development of children with craniofacial disorders, including cleft lip and palate, single-suture craniosynostosis, deformational plagiocephaly, and hemifacial microsomia.

In infants with single-suture craniosynostosis, his research is designed to characterize neurobehavioral development, examine relations between neurobehavioral development and degree of abnormality in bone and brain tissue using neuroimaging, to investigate the contribution of genetic mutations, and to develop predictive models of functional outcomes based on measures of early neurodevelopment and medical treatment (e.g., age at which corrective surgery is performed). In a longitudinal study of infants with deformational plagiocephaly, similar aims are focused on charting the neurodevelopmental course of this disorder, investigating etiological possibilities, and examining associations between skull abnormality and brain structures, using MRI and three-dimensional photography.

Matthew Speltz's Seattle Childrens web page

CHDD Outlook 2010 Issue#4 Deformational plagiocephaly show delays in early motor skills

CHDD Outlook article on craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly (Fall 2005, page 1)

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