Jennifer Gerdts, PhD

Personal Statement

My primary research and clinical interests are in the diagnosis and etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am an attending psychologist at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center where I conduct diagnostic evaluations for ASD and supervise practicum students in this regard. I am investigating various methods for diagnosis in an effort to streamline the process and decrease wait times for an initial diagnostic evaluation for ASD. I am also interested in understanding more about the genetic landscape of ASD in order to create meaningful subtypes of the disorder, with a hope of individualizing treatments for people with ASD in the future.  I have been closely involved with Raphael Bernier, PhD in his research examining genetic contributions and biomarkers of ASD. Lastly, I have been particularly interested in ASD-related traits that can present in family members of individuals with ASD.


Autism Spectrum Disorder , University of Washington , 2012-2013
Psychology Internship , UCLA , 2011-2012
Ph.D. , Child Clinical Psychology , University of Washington, Seattle , 2005-2012
B.A. , Psychology , Colby College , 1999-2003

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Autism Center – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Recent Publications

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

Sesame allergy a time burden for families of children with multiple food allergies.
(2020 Nov 27)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Lemoine-Courcelles C, Abrams EM, Kim H, Povolo B, Gerdts J, Protudjer JLP

Race/ethnicity, but not income, are associated with increased odds of shellfish allergy.
(2021 Jan)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 9(1): 550-552
Abrams EM, Gerdts JD, Gruber J, Lemoine-Courcelles C, Simons E, Protudjer JLP

Adult and Pediatric Food Allergy to Chickpea, Pea, Lentil, and Lupine: A Scoping Review.
(2021 Jan)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 9(1): 290-301.e2
Hildebrand HV, Arias A, Simons E, Gerdts J, Povolo B, Rothney J, Protudjer JLP

Author Correction: Large-scale targeted sequencing identifies risk genes for neurodevelopmental disorders.
(2020 Oct 21)
Nat Commun 11(1): 5398
Wang T, Hoekzema K, Vecchio D, Wu H, Sulovari A, Coe BP, Gillentine MA, Wilfert AB, Perez-Jurado LA, Kvarnung M, Sleyp Y, Earl RK, Rosenfeld JA, Geisheker MR, Han L, Du B, Barnett C, Thompson E, Shaw M, Carroll R, Friend K, Catford R, Palmer EE, Zou X, Ou J, Li H, Guo H, Gerdts J, Avola E, Calabrese G, Elia M, Greco D, Lindstrand A, Nordgren A, Anderlid BM, Vandeweyer G, Van Dijck A, Van der Aa N, McKenna B, Hancarova M, Bendova S, Havlovicova M, Malerba G, Bernardina BD, Muglia P, van Haeringen A, Hoffer MJV, Franke B, Cappuccio G, Delatycki M, Lockhart PJ, Manning MA, Liu P, Scheffer IE, Brunetti-Pierri N, Rommelse N, Amaral DG, Santen GWE, Trabetti E, Sedláček Z, Michaelson JJ, Pierce K, Courchesne E, Kooy RF, SPARK Consortium., Nordenskjöld M, Romano C, Peeters H, Bernier RA, Gecz J, Xia K, Eichler EE

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