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

Tree Nut-Induced Anaphylaxis in Canadian Emergency Departments: Rate, Clinical Characteristics and Management.
(2022 Jun 16)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol
Ducharme L, 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, Bretholz A, McCusker C, Zhang X, Ben-Shoshan M

Sesame-Induced Anaphylaxis in Pediatric Patients from the Cross-Canada Anaphylaxis Registry.
(2022 Jun 10)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol
Sillcox C, 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 JL, Abrams EM, Simons E, Ben-Shoshan M

Economic burden of food allergy in Canada: Estimating costs and identifying determinants.
(2022 Apr 29)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol
Cardwell FS, Elliott SJ, Chin R, Pierre YS, Ben-Shoshan M, Chan ES, Gerdts J, Harada L, Asai Y, La Vieille S, Clarke AE

Risk factors for severe reactions in food allergy: Rapid evidence review with meta-analysis.
(2022 Apr 20)
Turner PJ, Arasi S, Ballmer-Weber B, Baseggio Conrado A, Deschildre A, Gerdts J, Halken S, Muraro A, Patel N, Van Ree R, de Silva D, Worm M, Zuberbier T, Roberts G, Global Allergy, Asthma European Network (GA2LEN) Food Allergy Guideline Group.

Food Allergy Education and Management in Schools: A Scoping Review on Current Practices and Gaps.
(2022 Feb 9)
Nutrients 14(4):
Santos MJL, Merrill KA, Gerdts JD, Ben-Shoshan M, Protudjer JLP

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