Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
Interests: Early identification and intervention for children with ASD; Translation of research findings into community practice settings.
|Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?|
|Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?|
|I am NOT accepting graduate students in 2020-2021|
|Please check out the READi Lab website for a description of our current research projects. The students who fit well with my lab are those who have experience working with young children with ASD and conducting independent research. Due to the number of queries received, I do not typically communicate with applicants until the submission deadline has passed and we have completed our initial review. At that time, I will contact the applicants who make our “short list.”|
The increasing prevalence of autism – now estimated to occur in 1 in 59 children -- has generated an urgent need for research that can clarify our understanding of its origins and treatment. While a substantial body of work has demonstrated the importance of specialized early intervention for optimizing outcomes, access to timely diagnosis and effective interventions remains challenging for many young children. My research has two main foci. The first is to identify the earliest-emerging social and neurocognitive features of autism, so that children can receive preventive intervention to attenuate symptom progression at the youngest age possible. Toward this end, I have been conducting longitudinal follow-up studies of infant siblings of children with autism, who are at elevated risk for an autism diagnosis, to determine when and how their developmental pathways and processes diverge from those of other infants. The second focus of my research is to identify specific treatment approaches and service delivery models that are most effective for young children with, or at risk for, autism. We know that different types of treatments can lead to substantial improvements in children’s social, communication, and behavioral development - but we don’t yet know how to identify which treatment will be most effective for which child. In addition, few treatment approaches for young children have been adapted for use in community settings. My lab is addressing these critical issues through treatment research that involves work with parents and community professionals, as well as service delivery systems.
- Nichols, C.M., Ibanez, L.I., Foss-Feig, J.H., & Stone, W.L. (2014). Social smiling and its components in high-risk infant siblings with and without later ASD symptomatology. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 894-902.
- Damiano, C., Nahmias, A., Hogan-Brown, A.L., & Stone, W.L. (2013). What do repetitive and stereotyped movements mean for infant siblings of children with ASD? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 1326-1335.
- Malesa, E., Foss-Feig, J., Warren, Z., Yoder, P., Walden, T., & Stone, W.L. (2013). Predicting age 5 language and social outcomes for later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 17, 558-570.
- Key, A.P.F., & Stone, W.L. (2012). Same but different: Nine-month-old infants at low and high risk for autism look at the same facial features but process them using different brain mechanisms. Autism Research, 5, 253-266.
- Carter, A.S., Messinger, D.S., Stone, W.L., Celimli, S., Nahmias, A.S., Yoder, P. (2011). A randomized trial of More Than Words in toddlers with early autism symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 741-752.
- Yoder, P.J., Stone, W.L., Walden, T.A., & Malesa, E.E. (2009). Predicting social impairment in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1381-1391.
- McDuffie, A., Turner, L.M., Stone, W.L., Yoder P.J., Wolery, M., & Ulman, T. (2007). Developmental correlates of different types of motor imitation in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 401-412.
- Stone, W.L., McMahon, C.R., Yoder, P.J., & Walden, T.A. (2007). Early social-communicative and cognitive development of younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 384-390.
- Yoder, P., & Stone, W.L. (2006). Randomized comparison of two communication interventions for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 74, 426-435.
- Stone, W.L., Coonrod, E.E., Turner, L.M., & Pozdol, S.L. (2004). Psychometric properties of the STAT for early autism screening. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 691-701.
In the News
- 08/28/2019 Congratulations to Wendy Stone, who was awarded a 4 year research grant by the US Department of Defense.
- 10/13/2017 Parent Map interviewed Wendy Stone about her creation of Julia, the child with autism, on Sesame Street.
- 09/29/2017 Congratulations to Wendy stone, who received a 3 year, $900,000 grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration for the purpose of increasing access to early autism screening and intervention for toddlers from Hispanic and low income families in King County.
- 04/12/2017 Watch Wendy Stone get interviewed by King 5 News about her role in developing their new Sesame Street character, Julia, a girl with autism.
- 09/27/2016 Congratulations to Matt Enkema and Frank Schwebel (both mentored by Mary Larimer), as well as Sarah Edmunds (who is mentored by Wendy Stone) who recently received NRSA funding.
- 09/27/2016 Wendy Stone’s research, on baby teeth and how they may tell if prenatal exposure to chemicals increases the risk of developing autism, made it into the UW Today.
- 04/27/2016 KCTS 9 just did a segment about Sesame Street’s autism initiative and development of the autistic character Julia. Wendy Stone was one of the primary consultants for the creation of Julia.
- 12/16/2015 Wendy Stone was just interviewed by Colleen O’Brien, on Kiro Radio, about Santaphobia. Read or listen to that story here:
- 11/18/2015 Wendy Stone was recently interviewed by KUOW’s Jeannie Yandell for a segment on “The Record” about her work with Sesame Street’s new “See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Among the questions discussed was why Sesame Street created Julia, a child with ASD, as a storybook character rather than a Muppet, and why they chose a female character instead of a male.
- 06/05/2015 Sarah Edmunds’ poster was mentioned in an SFARI article about autism for "baby sibs.” Sarah works in Wendy Stone’s lab.
- 04/06/2015 Wendy Stone continues to remind us that early intervention equals better outcomes.
- 04/02/2015 Wendy Stone is developing tools to screen even earlier for Autism. Early intervention leads to better outcomes.
- 02/11/2015 I love the tenacious Nancy Drew style sleuthing Wendy Stone continues to do in autism. I’m not the only one.
- 01/28/2015 Wendy Stone and the READi Lab continue to champion early identification and treatment of autism.
- 09/16/2014 Wendy Stone is the recipient a NIMH grant for A Screen-Refer-Treat (SRT) Model to Promote Earlier Access to ASD Intervention.
- 07/09/2014 Congratulations to Professor Wendy Stone, who received a new 5 year ($4 million) grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to improve services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- 03/26/2014 Wendy Stone was quoted in a recent article by SFARI titled Repetitive Behavior in Toddlers May Signal Autism.
- 03/26/2014 Wendy Stone, as well as Professors Paul Yoder and Zachary Warren of Vanderbilt University, received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study communication interventions for younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- 03/19/2014 King 5.com Children's Healthlink ran a piece about Wendy Stone's research on autism.
- 03/19/2014 Wendy Stone was quoted in an article by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative titled Streamlined Autism Screen Speeds up Diagnosis.
- 03/19/2014 The Daily wrote an article about Wendy Stone and her research on autism titled Making Contact.
- 11/12/2013 Professor Wendy Stone was quoted in this recent article about the possibility that autism may be visible as early as the first month of life.
- 10/11/2012 Wendy Stone was quoted in the APA Monitor this month (page 59) in an article titled Catching Autism Earlier.
- 04/23/2012 Wendy Stone was interviewed by KUOW’s Weekday Program on April 17 in recognition of the National Autism Awareness Month.
- 01/30/2012 Wendy Stone, Professor, Psychology and Autism Center Director, was interviewed January 27 on KUOW.
- 08/23/2011 Wendy Stone is a co-author of a study that found that younger siblings of children with autism have a one in five chance of autism diagnosis.
- 07/26/2011 Peter Kahn and Wendy Stone were interviewed by National Geographic article on social robots.
- 04/04/2011 Wendy Stone is co-author of a study that indicates that the level of interest toddlers with early signs of autism show in toys may predict how well they will respond to a parent-guided treatment program.
- 10/12/2010 Wendy Stone was quoted in an msnbc article. "Autism linked to jaundice in newborns, study finds,"
- A Screen-Refer-Treat (SRT) Model to Promote Earlier Access to ASD Intervention
- Expanding pathways to early screening and intervention for underserved toddlers with ASD (ASD-PATH)
- Assessing the Effectiveness of a Low-Cost, Evidence-Based Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) in IDEA Part C Early Intervention Settings