William Gaetz, Ph.D.

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William Gaetz, PhD is a Research Scientist in the Department of Radiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a CIRP Senior Fellow, and a Research Associate Professor of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Gaetz has used Magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging to gain a deep understanding of the neurobiology of cortical function in human health and disease. He has an interest in assessing the functional significance of cortical oscillations in children using MEG and employs a multimodal approach where cortical oscillations are interpreted in the context of associated structural (MRI) and molecular (MRS GABA) measures. The results of his research are being used to understand findings in pediatric populations with autism, friedreich ataxia, and epilepsy.


At the MEG Lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he is working with CIRP researchers to learn more about the neural components of driving. In this capacity, he recently helped to establish the Neuroscience of Driving Research Program that will bridge basic neuroscience with applied driving research at the clinical and broader population level.  


Dr. Gaetz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Psychology from McMaster University. Dr. Gaetz is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical Magnetoencephalography (ISACM) and is a member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), and the Society for Neuroscience.