Emily Kuschner, PhD

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Emily S. Kuschner, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and scientist at in the Lurie Family Foundations Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center and the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. Dr. Kuschner earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester with a research program focused on visuospatial processing style and play in children with ASD, as well as characterization and differential diagnosis of children with comorbid Down syndrome and ASD. Following her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, she was a faculty psychologist in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Kuschner now has a program of research aimed at understanding food selectivity in children, adolescents, and adults with ASD. She developed the BUFFET Program (Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment), a group treatment targeting improved food selectivity. Dr. Kuschner's additional projects examine the best ways to measure food selectivity, and the relationship between food selectivity and nutrition profiles in children with ASD. As a psychologist in Dr. Timothy Roberts’ MEG Center, Dr. Kuschner supervises and conducts clinical and diagnostic evaluations for research participants. She is also working closely with Dr. Roberts and his team to develop clinical support protocols to help children participate in research studies involving MEG or MRI imaging visits, regardless of age (infancy through adolescence) or cognitive and language levels (nonverbal or minimally verbal through verbally adept).