Jessica Greenson, PhD
Associate Director, Early Steps Study
Associate Director, UW ACE Pathways Study
Dr. Greenson is a licensed psychologist and associate director of two UW Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) NIH grant-funded studies: the Early Steps Study (ESS) and the Pathways Project (PP). In her role as associate director of ESS, Dr. Greenson supervises the recruitment, screening, diagnosis, and follow-up assessments of a group of toddlers with autism (or at risk for autism) first seen at 12-24 months and randomized into a clinical trial (RCT) of an intensive behavioral intervention for 2.5 years. Dr. Greenson supervises the clinical issues that arise for families, children, and staff over the course of their time in either the UW treatment or in community treatment.
For the PP study, Dr. Greenson supervises the follow-up at age six of a cohort of children first seen at 24-30 months in a similar RCT, the UW Autism Center’s Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART). Dr. Greenson’s interests and expertise are in the early identification of autism spectrum disorders and their differentiation from other disorders/difficulties seen in early childhood. Dr. Greenson also has a background in school psychology and has experience with consultation, diagnostic evaluations, and interventions within the school system.