URADD Leadership

Deborah Bilder, MD

Title:  URADD Principal Investigator

Deborah Bilder, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She holds adjunct appointments in the departments of Pediatrics and Educational Psychology. She completed the triple board residency program (Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) at the University of Utah and maintains board certification in all three specialties. Following residency, she participated in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) and is now a consultant for this program. Her clinical expertise is in psychiatric assessment and treatment for individuals across the lifespan with severe neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Bilder is the Principal Investigator for the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and investigates peri- and neonatal risk factors for neurodevelopmental disabilities. She also leads a research team that develops clinical paradigms to assess and treat distress in teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities.

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Title:  URADD Director and UT-ADDM Principal Investigator and Epidemiologist

Amanda Bakian, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, Director of the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Principal Investigator of the Utah Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Project. Dr. Bakian joined URADD in 2010 while completing her training in biostatistics and ecology from Utah State University. As URADD Director, Dr. Bakian is interested in improving public health surveillance efforts for autism, and disentangling autism’s complex etiology including the influence of environmental, prenatal, geographic, and sociodemographic factors on autism prevalence. Further, her research examines how environmental exposures that work in the proinflammatory response pathway including ambient air pollution and meteorological exposures interact with underlying phenotypic and genetic characteristics to incur risk of psychiatric conditions including autism spectrum disorder and suicide.

William McMahon, MD

Title:  FMR. URADD Principle Investigator, UT-ADDM Principle Investigator

William McMahon, M.D., is the cofounder of URADD and the FMR. Principal Investigator of URADD, Principal Investigator of UT-ADDM, and the Chairman of the University of Utah’s Department of Psychiatry. Specializing in Tourette Disorder and Autism, he has conducted extensive research in both fields over the past several decades. His experience in the epidemiology of autism dates back to the mid-1980’s when he conducted the first autism prevalence study in the United States, which was based here in Utah. He has been involved with URADD and UT-ADDM for over ten years.

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