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Assistant Professor


Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Education and Training:

BA, Psychology, University of Michigan

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Grzadzinski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with an appointment at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Her research examines the behavioral precursors to an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, changes in behaviors over time (e.g., treatment response), and the impact of child and family characteristics on child outcomes. A major focus of her work is to develop novel early interventions for infants at toddlers at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders by understanding how child, family, and dyadic (e.g., parent-child) characteristics lead to varying outcomes. Dr. Grzadzinski led a project funded by the NICHD to study social communication skills and brain correlates in children with Down Syndrome (DS) and/or ASD. Her current work funded by NICHD focuses on arousal biometrics (pupillary, cardiac, and respiratory dynamics) as precursors to functional and diagnostic outcomes in neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and DS. Dr. Grzadzinski has active collaborations with researchers across disciplines and is engaged in the development of translational methodology that can facilitate scientific discoveries in mice and humans.


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