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

Fruit-Induced Anaphylaxis: Clinical Presentation and Management.
(2021 Mar 13)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Gabrielli S, Clarke AE, Morris J, Gravel J, Lim R, Chan ES, Goldman RD, O'Keefe A, Gerdts J, Chu DK, Upton J, Hochstadter E, Moisan J, Bretholz A, McCusker C, Zhang X, Protudjer JLP, Abrams EM, Simons E, Ben-Shoshan M

The excess costs of childhood food allergy on Canadian families: a cross-sectional study.
(2021 Mar 10)
Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol 17(1): 28
Golding MA, Simons E, Abrams EM, Gerdts J, Protudjer JLP

Community Use of Epinephrine for the Treatment of Anaphylaxis: A Review and Meta-Analysis.
(2021 Feb 4)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Miles LM, Ratnarajah K, Gabrielli S, Abrams EM, Protudjer JLP, Bégin P, Chan ES, Upton J, Waserman S, Watson W, Gerdts J, Ben-Shoshan M

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.
(2021 Apr)
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 9(4): 1753-1755.e1
Lemoine-Courcelles C, Abrams EM, Kim H, Povolo B, Gerdts J, Protudjer JLP

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