Dr. Ellen Hanson is a Developmental Psychologist, Behavioral Specialist and Researcher.  She is an expert in diagnosis and treatment of children who have significant developmental disabilities.  Within this area, she also has specific research and clinical interest in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with whom she was worked with for over 20 years;  the effect of  prematurity on development;  and children with rare genetic disorders, including 16p11.2 deletion and duplication syndrome. Dr. Hanson travels nationally and internationally to train professionals in the use of phenotyping measures, developmental assessment tools and behavioral interventions for clinical and research use with children. Dr.  Hanson has developed and run numerous programs at CH including large studies involving individuals with ASD and related disorders; social skills enhancement programs and educational programs for parents.  Additionally, she has developed an undergraduate training program at CH for students who are interested in pursuing careers as future specialists in developmental disability.


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  1. Hanson EM, Sideridis G, Jackson FI, Porche K, Campe KL, Huntington N. Behavior and Sensory Interests Questionnaire: Validation in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disability. Res Dev Disabil. 2016 Jan; 48:160-75. View abstract
  2. Hanson E, Bernier R, Porche K, Jackson FI, Goin-Kochel RP, Snyder LG, Snow AV, Wallace AS, Campe KL, Zhang Y, Chen Q, D'Angelo D, Moreno-De-Luca A, Orr PT, Boomer KB, Evans DW, Kanne S, Berry L, Miller FK, Olson J, Sherr E, Martin CL, Ledbetter DH, Spiro JE, Chung WK. The cognitive and behavioral phenotype of the 16p11.2 deletion in a clinically ascertained population. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 May 01; 77(9):785-93. View abstract
  3. Hanson E, Cerban BM, Slater CM, Caccamo LM, Bacic J, Chan E. Brief report: prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder among individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Jun; 43(6):1459-64. View abstract
  4. Davit CJ, Hundley RJ, Bacic JD, Hanson EM. A pilot study to improve venipuncture compliance in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011 Sep; 32(7):521-5. View abstract
  5. Hanson E, Kalish LA, Bunce E, Curtis C, McDaniel S, Ware J, Petry J. Use of complementary and alternative medicine among children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2007 Apr; 37(4):628-36. View abstract