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Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Sally  Ozonoff

Research/Academic Interests

Ozonoff's research at the UC Davis MIND Institute focuses on very young children with autism. She studies the onset of autism in a prospective investigation that follows high-risk infants from birth through age 3. She also studies risk factors for autistic regression.

Her clinical interests are in the diagnosis and assessment of people with autism spectrum disorders, with specializations in Asperger syndrome and infant and adult diagnosis.

Ozonoff has written over a hundred peer-reviewed publications and chapters on these topics, as well as three books. Her work has been showcased by national news media such as the television news magazine "60 Minutes."

Ozonoff is a joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism Research, Autism Spectrum Quarterly and Guilford Press.


Endowed Professor of Research in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Center/Program Affiliation:


UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-703-0280

Additional Phone:

Phone: 916-703-0268
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


Ph.D., University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1991
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1983


University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1990-91

Professional Memberships:

American Psychological Association
International Society for Autism Research
Society for Research in Child Development

Select Honors and Awards:

Consultant, DSM-IV Working Group on Pervasive Development Disorders, 1999

Superior Research Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Utah, 1995

Phi Beta Kappa, 1983

Select Recent Publications:

Ozonoff S, Iosif AM, Young GS, Hepburn S, Thompson M, Colombi C, Cook IC, Werner E, Goldring S, Baguio F, Rogers SJ. Onset patterns in autism: correspondence between home video and parent report. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 Aug;50(8):796-806.e1. Epub 2011 Jun 2.

Ozonoff S, Young GS, Carter A, Messinger D, Yirmiya N, Zwaigenbaum L, Bryson S, Carver LJ, Constantino JN, Dobkins K, Hutman T, Iverson JM, Landa R, Rogers SJ, Sigman M, Stone WL. Recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders: a Baby Siblings Research Consortium study. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;128(3):e488-95. Epub 2011 Aug 15.

Ozonoff S. Editorial: the first cut is the deepest: why do the reported effects of treatments decline over trials? J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Jul;52(7):729-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02425.x.

Rozga A, Hutman T, Young GS, Rogers SJ, Ozonoff S, Dapretto M, Sigman M. Behavioral profiles of affected and unaffected siblings of children with autism: contribution of measures of mother-infant interaction and nonverbal communication. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Mar;41(3):287-301.

Vivanti G, McCormick C, Young GS, Abucayan F, Hatt N, Nadig A, Ozonoff S, Rogers SJ. Intact and impaired mechanisms of action understanding in autism. Dev Psychol. 2011 May;47(3):841-56.

Geurts HM, Deprey L, Ozonoff S. Assessment of comorbidity in autism spectrum disorders. Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2010;52(11):753-61. Review. Dutch.

Young, G.S., Merin, N., Rogers, S.J., & Ozonoff, S. (2009). Gaze behavior and affect at 6 months: Predicting clinical outcomes and language development in typically developing infants and infants at risk for autism. Developmental Science, 12, 798-814.

Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Steinfeld, M.B., Hill, M.M., Cook, I., Hutman, T., Macari, S., Rogers, S.J., & Sigman, M. (2009). How early do parent concerns predict later autism diagnosis? Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 367-375.

Ozonoff, S., Heung, K., Byrd, R., Hansen, R., & Hertz-Picciotto, I. (2008). The onset of autism: Patterns of symptom emergence in the first years of life. Autism Research, 1, 320-328.

Ozonoff, S., Macari, S., Young, G.S., Goldring, S., Thompson, M., & Rogers, S.J. (2008). Atypical object exploration at 12 months of age is associated with autism in a prospective sample. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 12, 557-572.

Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Goldring, S., Greiss-Hess, L., Herrera, A.M., Steele, J., Macari, S., Hepburn, S., & Rogers, S.J. (2008). Gross motor development, movement abnormalities, and early identification of autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 644-656.

Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Lord, C., Rogers, S., Carter, A., Carver, L., Chawarska, K., Constantino, J., Dawson, G., Dobkins, K., Fein, D., Iverson, J., Klin, A., Landa, R., Messinger, D., Ozonoff, S., et al. (2009). Clinical assessment and management of toddlers with suspected ASD: Insights from studies of high-risk infants. Pediatrics, 123, 1383-1391.

Hansen, R.L., Ozonoff, S., Krakowiak, P., Angkustsiri, K., Jones, C., Deprey, L.J., Le, D., Croen, L.A., & Hertz-Picciotto, I. (2008). Regression in autism: Definitions, prevalence, and associated factors in the CHARGE study. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 8, 25-31.

Merin, N.M., Young, G.S., Ozonoff, S., & Rogers, S.J. (2007). Visual fixation patterns during reciprocal social interaction distinguish a subgroup of 6-month-old infants at risk for autism from comparison infants. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 37, 108-121.

Nadig, A.S., Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Rozga, A., Sigman, M., & Rogers, S.J. (2007). A prospective study of response to name in infants at risk for autism. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 378-383.

Yirmiya, N., & Ozonoff, S. (2007). The very early phenotype of autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1-11.

Palomo, R., Belinchon, M., & Ozonoff, S. (2006). Autism and family home movies: A comprehensive review. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 27, S59-S68.

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