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Wendy Stone, Ph.D.


Interests: Early identification and intervention for children with ASD; Translation of research findings into community practice settings.


Phone (206) 685-2821
Website(s) Website


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
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I am NOT accepting graduate students in 2021-2022
Advising Areas:
Child Clinical


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.

Selected Publications

  • 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.

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