Dr. Wendy Stone is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the READi Lab at UW. She joined the UW Department of Psychology in May 2010, having spent the previous 20+ years at Vanderbilt University. While 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. She served as the director of the UW Autism Center from 2010 to 2013, at which time she formed the READi Lab to continue her research and outreach efforts.
Dr. Stone’s primary clinical and research interests are in early identification and early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. Her research focuses on identifying the early-emerging behavioral features of autism, with the goals of understanding the developmental processes that contribute to the tremendous variability in social, learning, and behavioral outcomes for these children, and implementing interventions to optimize their outcomes. She has received federal funding for this research since 1993. Dr. Stone is also committed to translational science, and works to enhance knowledge and service capacity within community settings, by developing and conducting training and outreach activities for families, pediatricians, teachers, and other community professionals.
Dr. Stone has authored many papers on the early identification, assessment, and follow-up of young children with autism. Her research with young children led to the development of the Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds (STAT) and a book for parents entitled, Does My Child Have Autism? She serves on the editorial boards of Autism Research and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and has participated in numerous work groups and review panels for NIH and autism foundations. She is a member of the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium and the Toddler Treatment Network, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Autism Speaks and on the Autism Advisory Panel for Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop.
If she could have one super power, it would be… “teleportation!”