Raphael Bernier, PhD
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Bernier is a licensed clinical psychologist, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology. He received his PhD at the University of Washington, his clinical training at UCLA, and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Tufts University. Dr. Bernier’s clinical and research interests span many aspects of autism--from genetics and neuroscience to diagnostic characterization and cognitive-behaviorally based interventions. More specifically, Dr. Bernier is interested in bridging the gap in our understanding of the relationship between putative causal genetic events, neurological underpinnings of deficits in social cognition, and the behavioral presentation of autism spectrum disorders.
As the Principal Investigator for the UW Simons Simplex Collection, Simons Variation in Individuals Project, and Autism Genome Project, and the Clinical Director of the ACE Center Extended Family Study of Autism, ACE Network Imaging Genomics Study, Genomic Hotspots of Autism, and Next Generation Gene Discovery in Autism studies, Dr. Bernier has focused on the diagnostic characterization of children and adults with autism as well as the identification of autism susceptibility genes. As the Principal Investigator of the Mirror Neuron Study of Autism, Social Connectivity in Autism study, and as Co-Principal Investigator on the Twins with Autism study, he has focused on neurological functioning in autism. Dr. Bernier’s other current work focuses on the role of culture in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, the broader autism phenotype, and the cognitive profile in autism.
As a clinical psychologist, the author of the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, and as the principle investigator on a number of NIH- and foundation-funded research studies, Dr. Bernier is actively involved in clinical research at the intersection of etiology, the brain, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.