Robert T. Schultz, PhD

Clinical Advisor


Robert T. Schultz, Ph.D., received his doctorate in psychology in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin, receiving training in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and behavioral genetics. He received postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Yale University, and joined the faculty there in 1994, rising to become the Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

In 2007, he moved to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and became the director of a new center — the Center for Autism Research (CAR). He is the RAC Endowed Professor of Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he holds a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at Penn. He is the recent past President of the International Society for Autism Research and has served as the Associate Editor of the society's journal, Autism Research.

His research interests are broad and include the relationships between genes, brain, behavior, and treatment in autism. He is best known for his work with functional MRI to study the social brain in autism and for his interest in social motivation and perception. His lab is actively working in several areas of autism research, including studies of social motivation and reward mechanisms, studies of skill development and learning, studies of autism comorbidities including anxiety and sleep disturbance, studies aimed at using MRI to develop predictive biomarkers, genetic studies of autism, and treatment studies (including novel computer gaming approaches, psychopharmacology approaches, and studies that combine the two).

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