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Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Sally J. Rogers

Research/Academic Interests

Rogers specializes in conducting research into autism and other developmental disorders, and treating patients who have developmental disabilities, especially young children with autism.

Rogers studies early developmental processes, including imitation, social-communicative behavior, development of motor skills, language and social interaction patterns. She collaborates on studies of autism in infant siblings, and is also involved in developing treatments and examining treatment efficacy in autism using a treatment model that she developed in collaboration with Geraldine Dawson, the Early Start Denver Model. 

Her clinical interests include evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning; early intervention for children with autism; developing treatment and educational interventions for persons with autism of all ages; and social skills groups for adults with autism.

Rogers has written extensively in her field, is an associate editor for Autism Research and serves on the editorial board of many publications, such as the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and Infants and Young Children.





Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Autism


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


Ph.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, 1975
B.A., Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, 1969


Orient State Institute, Orient, Ohio, 1973

Professional Memberships:

American Association on Intellectual Disabilities
American Psychological Association
Autism Society of America
International Society for Autism Research
Society for Research in Child Development

Select Honors and Awards:

Dean's Excellence Award, UC Davis, 2010

Fulbright Senior Specialist, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, 2010

Invited Address: XVth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, 2010

Research Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2008

Keynote Address: 20th Annual Occupational Science Symposium; University of Southern California, 2008

Select Recent Publications:

Soke GN, Philofsky A, Diguiseppi C, Lezotte D, Rogers S, Hepburn S. Longitudinal changes in Scores on the Autism Diagnostic Interview--Revised (ADI-R) in pre-school children with autism: Implications for diagnostic classification and symptom stability. Autism. 2011 Sep;15(5):545-62.

Wallace KS, Rogers SJ. Intervening in infancy: implications for autism spectrum disorders. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010 Dec;51(12):1300-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02308.x. Epub 2010 Sep 24. Review. Erratum in: J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 May;52(5):627.

Vismara LA, Rogers SJ. Behavioral treatments in autism spectrum disorder: what do we know? Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2010 Apr 27;6:447-68. Review.

Dawson G, Rogers S, Munson J, Smith M, Winter J, Greenson J, Donaldson A, Varley J. Randomized, controlled trial of an intervention for toddlers with autism: the Early Start Denver Model. Pediatrics. 2010 Jan;125(1):e17-23. Epub 2009 Nov

Ozonoff S, Young GS, Steinfeld MB, Hill MM, Cook I, Hutman T, Macari S, Rogers SJ, Sigman M. How early do parent concerns predict later autism diagnosis? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2009 Oct;30(5):367-75.

Rogers SJ. [What are infant siblings teaching us about autism in infancy?]. Enfance. 2009 Jan;61(1):43-54. French.

Rogers SJ. What are infant siblings teaching us about autism in infancy? Autism Res. 2009 Jun;2(3):125-37.

Vismara LA, Colombi C, Rogers SJ. Can one hour per week of therapy lead to lasting changes in young children with autism? Autism. 2009 Jan;13(1):93-115

Vismara LA, Young GS, Stahmer AC, Griffith EM, Rogers SJ. Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice: Can We Train Therapists from a Distance? J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Vismara LA, Rogers SJ. The Early Start Denver Model: A Case Study of an Innovative Practice Journal of Early Intervention 2008. 31(1): 91-108.

To see if Sally J. Rogers is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).