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

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Other Affiliations

Autism Center – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Recent Publications

Allergen management under a voluntary PAL regulatory framework - A survey of Canadian food processors.
(2022 Nov)
Heliyon 8(11): e11302
Dominguez S, Théolier J, Povolo B, Gerdts J, Godefroy SB

Age-Based Tracks: A Method to Tailor Autism Diagnostic Evaluation in Large-Scale Autism Specialty Centers.
(2022 Oct 27)
J Clin Med 11(21):
Fox E, Gerdts J, Ahlers K, Kotchick B

Clinical Characteristics of Youth with Autism or Developmental Disability during Inpatient Psychiatric Admission.
(2022 Oct 27)
J Clin Med 11(21):
Neuhaus E, Osuna A, Tagavi DM, Shah-Hosseini S, Simmons S, Gerdts J, Thompson AD

Canadian Anaphylaxis Network-Predicting Recurrence after Emergency Presentation for Allergic REaction (CAN-PREPARE): a prospective, cohort study protocol.
(2022 Oct 31)
BMJ Open 12(10): e061976
Alqurashi W, Shaker M, Wells GA, Collins GS, Greenhawt M, Curran JA, Zemek R, Schuh S, Ellis A, Gerdts J, Kreviazuk C, Dixon A, Eltorki M, Freedman SB, Gravel J, Poonai N, Worm M, Plint AC

Educational resources received by families after successful baked egg/baked milk oral food challenge: An international survey.
(2022 Sep 30)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Hicks AG, Pickett K, Casale TB, Cassimos D, Elverson W, Gerdts J, Gray S, Jones C, LeBovidge J, Levin M, Mack DP, Minshall E, Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Pistiner M, Protudjer JLP, Said M, Schaible A, Smith P, Vassilopoulou E, Venter C

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