Autism Initiative

Leadership for the Autism, a Precision Medicine Approach Initiative comes from the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) based at Bradley Hospital and includes Dr. Eric Morrow and Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf , with input from Dr. Glenn Tung and Dr. Patrick Vivier.


Initiative Leads

Eric Morrow, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Brown University | Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School
Eric Morrow, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist with extensive experience in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Morrow received his MD-PhD from the Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Health Sciences and Technology program. He completed psychiatry and neurology training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in human genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT. Since moving to Brown University in 2009, Dr. Morrow has taken an active role in building a multidisciplinary, translational research program in autism research. His research focus is on normal mechanisms that regulate brain development and on genetic and cellular mechanisms that lead to severe forms of autism. 

Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Research), Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School
Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD, is a clinical and developmental psychologist with a specialty in autism and developmental disabilities.  Dr. Sheinkopf is a graduate of Tufts University and completed his doctoral training at University of Miami under the mentorship of Peter Mundy, PhD.  Dr. Sheinkopf works as both a clinician and a researcher with a focus on the early development of children with autism, including infant signs of risk and the development of language and social behaviors in children with autism. Dr. Sheinkopf’s clinical service is focused on the early diagnosis and clinical management of autism. Dr. Sheinkopf is co-director of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART). 


Brian Kavanaugh, PhD

Todd Levine, MD

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD

Chanika Phornphutkul, MD

Giulia Righi, PhD

Pei Chi Wu, MD

Casey Cragin, PsyD

Barry Lester, PhD

Harvey Silverman, PhD


Carrie Best, MPH,  Project Coordinator

Rebecca Bradley, Hassenfeld/RICART Research Assistant

Lauren Demoss, OT,  RICART Outreach; RhINO Study

Molly Goldman, Genetic Counselor

Hasmik Tokadjian, MS, Hassenfeld/RhINO Study/Data Manager

Jesus De Luna, RhINO Study/Hassenfeld Research Assistant


Susan Jewell, Autism Project

Joanne Quinn, Executive Director, Autism Project


Danielle Sipsock, MD, child psychiatry fellow and T32 research fellow

Sheril Varghese '21, Hassenfeld Summer Scholar (2019)

Christopher Blanding-Phothisane, medical student (research intensive placement)

Prior Trainees

Carolyn McCormick, PhD, developmental psychology research fellow (Current Position: assistant professor of human development, Purdue University)

Natalie Noonan, PhD, neuropsychology fellow (Current Position: staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital)

Alyssa Rust, Hassenfeld Summer Scholar (2018)

Jessica Simon '18, Hassenfeld Summer Scholar (2017)

Elena Tenenbaum, PhD, clinical psychology/T32 fellow (Current Position: assistant professor of psychiatry, Duke University)

Adrianna Trejo Shue '19, Hassenfeld Summer Scholar (2017); UTRA Summer Fellow (2018)