Whitney Guthrie, PhD

New CAR Research Sheds Light on


Universal Screening for Autism in Toddlers

Scientist and Clinical Psychologist

Whitney Guthrie, PhD is a a clinical psychologist, scientist, and co-director of the Data and Statistical Core at the Center for Autism Research. Dr. Guthrie earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Guthrie’s research focuses on the early developmental trajectories that characterize ASD with the ultimate goal of improving early diagnosis and intervention. Her research also includes the development of novel screening methods using a bioinformatics approach. In particular, she utilizes electronic health records to assess current screening methods and develop new methods of identifying toddlers with ASD. Her work in early detection and early intervention has been funded by fellowships from Autism Speaks and Autism Science Foundation.

Dr. Guthrie is also an independent trainer on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). She is an author of the ADOS-2 Toddler Module, working with Dr. Catherine Lord and her team to develop this ADOS-2 module for children 12-30 months of age. In her role as a trainer, she trains the next generation of ADOS-2 clinicians at CHOP and other institutions.