Rebecca E. Pretzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Services for the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)





Phone: (919) 966-4806



B.A., Elementary Education, Emory and Henry College
M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed., School Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Internship, Clinical Psychology, Georgetown University
Ph.D., School Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Summary Statement:

Dr. Pretzel is a psychologist and Associate Professor as well as the Director of Services and Psychology Section Head at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Her particular area of focus is the assessment and development of intervention plans for infants and young children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, specifically those with visual impairment, autism, and low incidence and complex disorders. She is currently involved in a number of different projects, including an epidemiological study of children with and without autism, survey research assessing satisfaction with and access to services in NC for adults with intellectual and other disabilities, conducting best practice interdisciplinary AAC assessments, and training interdisciplinary autism and AAC assessment teams across the state.


Representative Publications:

  1. Pretzel, R.E., & Wray, E.A.  (in press 2012).   Assessment of young children:  Standards, stages, and approaches.  In S.R.Hooper & W. Umansky (Eds.)  Young Children with Special Needs (Sixth edition), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 384-415.
  2. Pretzel, R.E., Hester, A.D. & Porr, S.M. (2012, in press).  Self-help skills. In F.R.Volkmar (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, NY: Springer Science+Business Media.
  3. Martin, H.R., Po, M.D., Reinhartsen, D., Pretzel, R.E., Roush, J., Rosenburg, A., Dusing, S.C., & Escolar, M. (2008).  Methods for assessing neurodevelopment in lysosomal storage diseases and related disorders: a multidisciplinary perspective. Acta Paediatr Suppl., 97(457), 69-75.
  4. Boucher, S., Hodgson, K., & Pretzel, R.E. (2007).  Assessment of autism spectrum disorders in early childhood:  selected screening and diagnostic measures. Maryland School Psychologists’ Association Protocol, XXVII, 4, Gaithersburg, MD.