Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D. - IDDRC Investigator

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.

Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 2343
Sacramento, CA 95817 

Phone: 916-703-0259 / Fax: 916-703-0244

Areas of Interest

Early Diagnosis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Infant Development, Siblings


Sally Ozonoff is the Director of the IDDRC’s Clinical Translational Core. Her research program focuses on the behavioral phenotype of very young children with or at risk for ASD and methods for earliest detection of ASD. Dr. Ozonoff is studying the onset of both ASD and ADHD in a prospective investigation that follows high-risk infants from birth through age 3. She is also studying risk factors, both biological and behavioral, for regressive patterns of onset. Another current project is focused on developing a video-based screening tool for identification of ASD in infancy.

Current IDDRC Projects

  • Development of a Prospective Video-Based Measure to Identify ASD Risk in Infancy, NIMH/NIH, R01 MH099046

  • Development of a Prospective Parent Report Measure to Identify ASD Risk in Infancy, Autism Speaks, AS8370

    Infants at Risk of Autism: A Longitudinal Study, NIMH/NIH, R01 MH068398

Recent Representative Publications

Shen, M.D., Nordahl, C.W., Young, G.S., Wootton-Gorges, S.L., Lee, A., Liston, S.E., Harrington, K., Ozonoff, S., & Amaral, D.G. (2013). Early brain enlargement and extra-axial fluid in infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Brain, 136, 2825-2835.

Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Carter, A., Messinger, D., Yirmiya, N., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Carver, L.J., Constantino, J.N., Dobkins, K., Hutman, T., Iverson, J.M., Landa, R., Rogers, S.J., Sigman, M., & Stone, W.L. (2011). Recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium study. Pediatrics, 128, e488-e495.

 Shumway, S., Thurm, A., Swedo, S.E., Deprey, L., Barnett, L., Amaral, D.G., Rogers, S.J., & Ozonoff, S. (2011). Symptom onset patterns and functional outcomes in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1727-1732.

Ozonoff, S., Iosif, A., Young, G.S., Hepburn, S., Thompson, M., Colombi, C., Cook, I.C., Werner, E., Goldring, S., Baguio, F., & Rogers, S.J. (2011). Onset patterns in autism: Correspondence between home video and parent report. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50, 796-806.

Ozonoff, S., Iosif, A., Baguio, F., Cook, I.C., Hill, M.M., Hutman, T., Rogers, S.J., Rozga, A., Sangha, S., Sigman, M., Steinfeld, M.B., & Young, G.S. (2010). A prospective study of the emergence of early behavioral signs of autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 258-268.