My clinical focus is “lifespan developmental neuropsychiatry,” which includes patients of all ages with autism spectrum disorders and other social learning disorders such as ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, and verbal and nonverbal learning disorders. My research interests have focused on improving clinical outcomes for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders of all ages, and in creating effective service systems for these patients and their families. At the moment we are studying (1) the efficacy of a parent education program in assisting family coping with an autistic spectrum child, (2) the effectiveness of a social skills seminar and social coaching in improving social skills and reducing social anxiety in young adults with ASD, and (3) the impact of oxytocin on social cognition in adults with ASD.
I am the director of the Adult Developmental Disorders (ADD) Section at the University of Pennsylvania, which includes the Social Learning Disorders Program (SLDP), the Penn Autism Network and the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program. I am also Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Behavioral Health Center’s Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program, which includes the Social Developmental Disorders Program (SDDP) and the Complex Neurobehavioral Disorders Clinic. In these capacities, I provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment and evidence-based clinical care to patients of all ages with complex neuropsychiatric disorders. My work is guided by the belief that social behavior can be learned through observation, practice, repetition and role play, and that guided experiential activities along with social support and direct instruction and coaching can facilitate the development and generalization of social skills.
I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where I am Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry and oversee the teaching of medical students, psychiatry residents, and other medical professionals training in the department.
Sample of Significant Publications
Guevara JP, Mandell DS, Rostain AL, Zhao H, Hadley TR. Disparities in the Reporting and Treatment of Health Conditions in Children: An Analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Health Services Research. 2006. 41(2): 532-549.
Ramsay JR, Brodkin ES, Cohen MR, Ekman E, Listerud J, Rostain AL. Better strangers: Using the relationship in psychotherapy for adult patients with Asperger’s Syndrome. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice and Training. 2006. 42(4): 483-493.
Ramsay JR, Rostain AL. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.
Rostain AL, Ramsay JR. A combined treatment approach for adults with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder: Results of an open study of 43 patients. Journal Attention Disorders. 2006. 10: 150-159.
Rostain AL, Ramsay JR. College Students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: New Directions in Assessment and Treatment. Monograph American College Health Association. Princeton Media Associates, May 2006.