Jen Beighley, PhD

My primary research and clinical interests are in diagnosis and management of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly, autism spectrum disorder. I am a psychologist at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center where I participate in team evaluations for children and teens with co-occurring medical or psychiatric complexity, and I also see patients through our Gender Clinic. I also work at the University of Washington’s Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) where I see patients in the Infant Development Follow-up Clinic and in the Child Development Clinic. I love the interdisciplinary nature of CHDD and I am proud to be a faculty mentor for the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities). Overarchingly, I am invested in learning more about how to support individuals and families, how to embrace the neurodiversity movement, encourage affirming care where strengths are celebrated, and work toward equitable treatment for the families I serve.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship – University of Washington, lab of Raphael Bernier – 2017-2019
Internship – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Child Development Center – 2014-2015
Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA – 2010-2017
B.A. – Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH – 1998-2002

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Autism Center – Seattle Children’s Hospital
Gender Clinic – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Recent Publications

Retraction notice to "Food selectivity in children with and without an autism spectrum disorder: Investigation of diagnosis and age" [Research in Developmental Disabilities 34/10 (2013) 3497-3503].
(2023 May)
Res Dev Disabil 136(): 104449
Beighley JS, Matson JL, Rieske RD, Adams HL

Experiences with offering pro bono medical genetics services in the West Indies: Benefits to patients, physicians, and the community.
(2020 Dec)
Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet 184(4): 1030-1041
Sobering AK, Li D, Beighley JS, Carey JC, Donald T, Elsea SH, Figueroa KP, Gerdts J, Hamlet A, Mirzaa GM, Nelson B, Pulst SM, Smith JL, Tassone F, Toriello HV, Walker RH, Yearwood KR, Bhoj EJ

Developmental Predictors of Cognitive and Adaptive Outcomes in Genetic Subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2020 Oct)
Autism Res 13(10): 1659-1669
Arnett AB, Beighley JS, Kurtz-Nelson EC, Hoekzema K, Wang T, Bernier RA, Eichler EE

Transcriptional subtyping explains phenotypic variability in genetic subtypes of autism spectrum disorder.
(2020 Oct)
Dev Psychopathol 32(4): 1353-1361
Trinh S, Arnett A, Kurtz-Nelson E, Beighley J, Picoto M, Bernier R

Co-occurring medical conditions among individuals with ASD-associated disruptive mutations.
Child Health Care 49(4): 361-384
Kurtz-Nelson EC, Beighley JS, Hudac CM, Gerdts J, Wallace AS, Hoekzema K, Eichler EE, Bernier RA

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