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.

Education

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

Training Programs

Recent Publications

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

Large-scale targeted sequencing identifies risk genes for neurodevelopmental disorders.
(2020 Oct 1)
Nat Commun 11(1): 4932
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

Risk of peanut- and tree-nut-induced anaphylaxis during Halloween, Easter and other cultural holidays in Canadian children.
(2020 Sep 21)
CMAJ 192(38): E1084-E1092
Leung M, Clarke AE, Gabrielli S, Morris J, Gravel J, Lim R, Chan ES, Goldman RD, Enarson P, O'Keefe A, Gerdts J, Chu D, Upton J, Zhang X, Shand G, Ben-Shoshan M

Increasing Awareness of the Low Risk of Severe Reaction at Infant Peanut Introduction: Implications During COVID-19 and Beyond.
(2020 Sep 4)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Abrams EM, Primeau MN, Kim H, Gerdts J, Chan ES

"I want to really crack this nut": an analysis of parent-perceived policy needs surrounding food allergy.
(2020 Aug 1)
BMC Public Health 20(1): 1194
Abrams EM, Simons E, Gerdts J, Nazarko O, Povolo B, Protudjer JLP

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