Celine Saulnier, Ph.D.
Clinical Director for Research, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Assistant Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Associated Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Saulnier obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ami Klin. After her postdoc, Dr. Saulnier joined the Yale faculty, where she became both the Clinical Director and the Training Director for the Autism Program, managing and supervising multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders from infancy through young adulthood.
At the Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Saulnier oversees all activities related to the diagnostic characterization of individuals participating in clinical research, and she is the Director of the Clinical Assessment Core for the NIH Autism Center of Excellence grant. Her research focuses on profiles of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders, particularly on the discrepancy between cognitive ability and the application of functional skills to daily contexts and routines. Dr. Saulnier is an avid lecturer and educator on ASD, having conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars nationwide over the past decade. She is also is co-author of the book, Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment.
- Kanne, S.M., Gerber, A., Quirmbach, L., Sparrow, S., Cicchetti, D., & Saulnier, C.A. The role of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders: Implications for functional outcome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2011, 41(8), 1007-18.
- Klin, A., Saulnier, C.A., Sparrow, S.S., Cicchetti, D.V., Volkmar, F.R., & Lord, C. Social and communication abilities and disabilities in higher functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders: The Vineland and the ADOS. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2007, 37, 748-759.
- Macari, S.L., Campbell, D., Gengoux, G.W., Saulnier, C.A., Klin, A., Chawarska, K. Predicting diagnostic outcomes in 12-month-olds at risk for ASD: within the realm of possibility? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, published online 7 April 2012.
- Saulnier, C.A. & Klin, A. Brief Report: Social and communication abilities and disabilities in higher functioning individuals with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2007, 37, 788–793.
- Saulnier, C.A., Quirmbach, L., & Klin, A. Clinical diagnosis of autism. In Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders, eds. E. Hollander, A. Kolevzon, & J. T. Coyle, Washington, D.C. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2011, 25-37.
- Saulnier, C.A. & Volkmar, F.R. Asperger syndrome. In Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care, 3rd edition, eds. S. Parker, B. Zuckerman, and M. Augustyn, Glen Burnie, MD. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2011, pp. 120-123.
- Tsatsanis, K.D., Saulnier, C.A., Sparrow, S.S., & Cicchetti, D.V. The role of adaptive behavior in evidenced-based practices for ASD: Translating intervention into functional success. In Evidenced-Based Practices and Treatments for Children with Autism, eds. B. Reichow, P. Doehring, D.V. Cicchetti, & F.R. Volkmar, New York, NY, Springer Press., 2011, 297-308.
- Ventola, P., Saulnier, C.A., Steinberg, E., Chawarsksa, K., & Klin, A. Early-emerging social adaptive skills in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: An item analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, published online 13 May 2011.
Celine Saulnier, Ph.D.
Clinical Director for Research
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4010