Robin L. Hansen, M.D. - IDDRC Investigator

Robin Hansen, M.D.Director, Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities, Director of Clinical Programs, UC Davis MIND Institute, Fellowship Director and Section Chief, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 2332
Sacramento, California 95817


Phone: 916-703-0248 / Fax: 916-703-0243

Areas of Interest

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Gene-Environment Interactions, Community Outreach


Dr. Hansen is the Director of Clinical Programs at the MIND Institute and the founding Director and PI of the DHHS funded UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), whose primary mandates include interdisciplinary training, community outreach, research and dissemination. She is a co-director of the IDDRC Clinical Translation Core. Her research has been focused for over a decade on gene-environment interactions related to causes and early identification of autism spectrum disorders, and biomedical treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders. As a board-certified developmental behavioral pediatrician involved in clinical care, research and training in neurodevelopmental disorders for almost three decades, she has extensive professional and personal ties to community and state agencies as well as families and community advocates.

Current IDDRC Projects

  • Autism Risk, Prenatal Environmental Exposures, and Pathophysiologic Markers R01ES020392
  • The CHARGE Study: Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment 1 R01 ES015359

Recent Representative Publications

Krakowiak P, Walker CK, Bremer AA, Baker AS, Ozonoff S, Hansen R, & Hertz-Picciotto I. Maternal metabolic conditions and risk for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2583, 2012

Schmidt RJ, Tancredi DJ, Ozonoff S, Hansen RL, Hartiala J, Allayee H, Schmidt LC, Tassone F, Hertz-Picciotto I. Maternal periconceptional folic acid intake and risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay in the CHARGE case-control study. Am J Clin Nutr DOI:10.3945/ajcn.110.004416, 2012

Braunschweig, D, Krakowiak P, Duncanson P, Boyce R, Hansen RL, Ashwood P, Hertz-Picciotto I, Pessah, IN, Van de Water J. (2013). Autism-specific maternal autoantibodies recognize critical proteins in developing brain. Transl Psychiatry, 3(e277), doi: 10.1038/tp.2013.50, 2013

Akins RS, Krakowiak P, Angkustsiri K, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hansen RL. ; Utilization Patterns of Conventional and Complementary/Alternative Treatments in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in a Population-Based Study. J Dev Behav Pediatr 35:1–10, 2014

Chaidez V, Hansen RL, Hertz-Picciotto I. Gastrointestinal Problems in children with Autism, Developmental Delays or Typical Development. J Autism Dev Disorder 44: 1117-1127, 2014