Dr. Wendy Stone is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the UW READi Lab. She joined the UW Department of Psychology in May 2010, after spending the previous 20+ years in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she founded and directed the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), which has a threefold mission of research, clinical services, and community outreach.
Dr. Stone has conducted research in early detection and intervention of autism for over 30 years, on topics that include: (1) identifying early markers and developmental processes associated with diverse outcomes in infants at high familial risk for autism; (2) evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of autism-specialized interventions in clinical and community settings; and (3) developing community models for expediting access to early screening and specialized intervention for toddlers with autism features.
She has received federal funding for her research since 1993, and has authored numerous scientific papers on the early identification, assessment, treatment, and follow-up of young children with autism. Her research with young children led to the development of the Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT) and a book for parents entitled, Does My Child Have Autism? She serves on the editorial board of Autism Research and has participated in numerous work groups and review panels for NIH and autism foundations.
Since 2009, she has been a member of the Autism Advisory Panel for Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative, contributing to the development of Julia, the new Muppet with autism. Dr. Stone is committed to translational science and enhancing knowledge and service capacity within community settings.
Her current research projects involve working with primary care health providers and early intervention providers to increase their knowledge of the early signs of autism and promote their use of evidence-based screening and intervention for toddlers when autism is suspected.
For publications, see https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=x_XZrJwAAAAJ.
If she could have one super power, it would be… “teleportation!”