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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



Center/Program Affiliation:


UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone:

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


Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver CO 1991
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1983


Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill NC 1990-1991

Board Certifications:

State of California Licensed Psychologist, 2002

Professional Memberships:

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

Select Honors and Awards:

John Welsh Award, University of California San Diego, 2015

Program Chair, International Meeting for Autism Research, 2015

Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Lectureship Award,

Rosenberry Award for Innovative Research and Clinical Vision, Denver Children’s Hospital, 2010

Joint Editor, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2009

Advisor, DSM-5 Working Group on Autism Spectrum Disorders, American Psychiatric Association, 2008

Member, NIH CPDD Study Section, 2002

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Mental Health of Utah Children, Children’s Mental Health Institute, 2001

Distinguished Service to Children and Families Award, Utah Association of School Psychologists, 2001

Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1983

Select Recent Publications:

Messinger, D., Stone, W.L., Zwaigenbaum, & Iosif, A.M. Diagnostic stability in young children at risk for autism spectrum disorder: A baby siblings research consortium study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2015;56, 988-998. 

Miller, M., Young, G.S., Hutman, T., Johnson, S., Schwichtenberg, A.J., & Ozonoff, S. Early pragmatic language difficulties in siblings of children with autism: Implications for DSM-5 social communication disorder? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2015;56, 774-781.

Chawarska, K., Shic, F., Macari, S., Campbell, D.J., Brian, J., Landa, R., Hutman, T., Nelson, C.A., Ozonoff, S., et al. 18-month predictors of later outcomes in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder: A BSRC study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014;53, 1317-1327.

Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Belding, A., Hill, M., Hill, A., Hutman, T., Johnson, S., Miller, M., Rogers, S.J., Schwichtenberg, A.J., Steinfeld, M., & Iosif, A. The broader autism phenotype in infancy: When does it emerge? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014;53, 398-407.

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. Early brain enlargement and extra-axial fluid in infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Brain. 2013;136, 2825-2835. 

Messinger, D., Young, G.S., Ozonoff, S., Dobkins, K., Carter, A., Zwaigenbaum, L., Landa, R.J., Charman, T., Stone, W.L., Constantino, J.N., Hutman, T., Carver, L.J., Bryson, S., Iverson, J.M., Strauss, M., Rogers, S.J., & Sigman, M. Beyond autism: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium study of high-risk children at 3 years of age. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2013;52, 300-308. 

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. Recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium study. Pediatrics. 2011;128, e488-e495. 

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. Onset patterns in autism: Correspondence between home video and parent report. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011;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. A prospective study of the emergence of early behavioral signs of autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2010;49, 258-268. 

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