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Marjorie Solomon, M.B.A., Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Clinical Interests

Dr. Solomon is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is on the faculty of the MIND Institute and of the postdoctoral Autism Research Training Program.

Dr. Solomon is a licensed psychologist whose primary clinical work is focused on high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. She studies and implements school and clinical intervention programs to help such children.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Solomon's principal research program investigates the development of cognitive control and other forms of higher cognition in high functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and the relationship between cognitive control and behavioral symptoms such as restricted and repetitive behaviors and formal thought disorder.

As part of these efforts to link cognition with symptoms, Dr. Solomon works with colleagues to examine the relationship between cognitive control and shared attention using virtual reality based social paradigms. She also is principal investigator on a grant to study reinforcement learning in young adults with autism spectrum disorders using fMRI.

Another research interest is gender differences in autism symptom expression, personality, psychopathology and cognitive control, and the role of the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin in autism symptoms.


Assistant Professor


Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation:


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

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


Ph.D., UC Berkeley School of Medicine, Berkeley, California, 1999
M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, 1997
B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1981


University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2000-03
University of California, Davis, Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1999-2000

Professional Memberships:

American Psychological Association

Select Honors and Awards:

Children’s Miracle Network Grant recipient, 2002

National Science Foundation Grant Commendation, 1993

Magna Cum Laude, 1981

Select Recent Publications:

Geurts, H., Corbett, B., & Solomon, M. (2009). The paradox of cognitive flexibility in autism spectrum disorders. Trends in Cognitive Science, 13(2), 74-82.

Solomon, M., Hessl, D., Chiu.S., & Hendren, R. (2009). Towards a neurodevelopmental model of case formulation. Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 32(1), 199-211.

Solomon, M.., Ozonoff, S., Ursu, S., Ravizza, S., Cummings, N., Ly. Stanford, & Carter, C.S. (2009), The neural substrates of cognitive control deficits in autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychologia, 47(12), 2515-2526.

Solomon, M., Ono, M., Timmer, S., & Goodlin-Jones, B. (2008). A pilot study of the effectiveness of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.38(9), 1767-1776.

Solomon, M., Ozonoff, S. J., Cummings, N., & Carter, C.S. (2008). Cognitive control in autism spectrum disorders. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 26, 239-247.

Solomon, M., Ozonoff, S., Carter, C.S., & Caplan, R. (2008). Formal thought disorder and the autism spectrum: Relationship with symptoms, executive control, and anxiety. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 38, 1474-1484.

Nordahl, C.W., Simon, T.J., Zierhut, C., Solomon, M., Rogers, S.J., Amaral, D. G. (2008). Methods for acquiring structural MRI data in very young children with autism without the use of sedation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1581-1590.

Bauminger, N., Solomon, M., Aviezar, A., Heung, K., Brown, J., & Rogers, S.J. (2008). Friendship in high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder: Mixed and non-mixed dyads. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1211-1229.

Bauminger, N., Solomon, M., Aviezar, A., Heung, K., Guzit, Brown, J., & Rogers, S.J. (2008). Children with autism and their friends: a multidimensional study of friendship in high-functioning ASD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 135-150.

Solomon, M., Hessl, D., Chiu, S., Hagerman, R., & Hendren, R.L. (2007). Genetic Etiology of PDD Guides Treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164,4, 575-580.

Ozonoff, S., Goodlin-Jones, B., & Solomon, M. (2005). Evidence-based assessment of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 34, 523-540.

Solomon M., Goodlin-Jones B.L,. Anders T.F. (2004). A social adjustment enhancement intervention for high functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34(6), 649-668.

Mastergeorge, A., Rogers, S., Corbett, B., & Solomon, M. (2003) Educational, social & behavioral treatment. In S. Ozonoff, S. Rogers, & R. Hendren (Eds.), Issues in autism spectrum disorders: A research review for practitioners. Arlington, VA: APPI Press.

Goodlin-Jones, B., & Solomon, M. (2003) Contribution of psychology. In S. Ozonoff, S. Rogers, & R. Hendren (Eds.), Issues in autism spectrum disorders: A research review for practitioners. Arlington, VA: APPI Press.

Solomon, M. The fruits of their labors: A longitudinal exploration of parent personality and adjustment in their adult children. Journal of Personality. 68, 281-308, 2000.

Helson, R., Pals, J., & Solomon, M. S. (1997). Is there Adult Development Distinctive to Women? In R. Hogan, J. Johnson, & S. Briggs (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Psychology (pp. 291-314). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Harker, L., & Solomon, M. Change in goals and values of men and women from early to mature adulthood. Journal of Adult Development, 3, 133-143, 1996.

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