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

Peanut Can Be Used as a Reference Allergen for Hazard Characterization in Food Allergen Risk Management: A Rapid Evidence Assessment and Meta-Analysis.
(2021 Aug 23)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Turner PJ, Patel N, Ballmer-Weber BK, Baumert JL, Blom WM, Brooke-Taylor S, Brough H, Campbell DE, Chen H, Chinthrajah RS, Crevel RWR, Dubois AEJ, Ebisawa M, Elizur A, Gerdts JD, Gowland MH, Houben GF, Hourihane JOB, Knulst AC, La Vieille S, López MC, Mills ENC, Polenta GA, Purington N, Said M, Sampson HA, Schnadt S, Södergren E, Taylor SL, Remington BC

Anaphylaxis-related knowledge and concerns in Canadian families during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
(2021 Oct)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 127(4): 496-497
Gabrielli S, Protudjer JLP, Gooding G, Gerdts J, Ben-Shoshan M

Allergic reactions to emerging food allergens in Canadian children.
(2021 Jul 13)
Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol 17(1): 71
Soller L, La Vieille S, Cameron SB, Mak R, Cook VE, Gerdts J, Chan ES

Sleep Problems in Children with ASD and Gene Disrupting Mutations.
(2021 Sep-Oct)
J Genet Psychol 182(5): 317-334
Earl RK, Ward T, Gerdts J, Eichler EE, Bernier RA, Hudac CM

Social and financial impacts of food allergy on the economically disadvantaged and advantaged families: A qualitative interview study.
(2021 Aug)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 127(2): 243-248
Hurst K, Gerdts J, Simons E, Abrams EM, Protudjer JLP

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