I am an epidemiologist who tries to determine the etiology (cause) of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and who assesses of the increasing prevalence of the disorder. I am currently the director and principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (PA-CADDRE), one of six centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the etiology of ASD. I am also the director of the Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, I am working with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network on a study on the prevalence of ASD and other childhood disabilities in India. Screening instruments are being field-tested now, and the study will ultimately assess children from 45,000 households across that country.
Another area of my research at the Center for Autism Research is use of complementary and alternative medical treatments among children with autism.
Sample of Significant Publications
Blond A, Whitaker AH, Lorenz JM, Feldman JF, Nieto M, Pinto-Martin JA, Paneth N. Weight Concerns in Male Low Birth Weight Adolescents: Relation to Body Mass Index, Self-Esteem, and Depression. Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. 2008.
Mandell DS, Listerud J, Levy SE, Pinto-Martin JA. Race differences in the age at diagnosis among Medicaid-eligible children with autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2002. 41(12): 1447-1453.
Wallis K, Pinto-Martin J. The Challenge of Screening for Autism in a Culturally Diverse Society. Acta Paediatrica. 2008. 97(5): 539-540.