Michael Siller, PhD

Michael Siller

Program Director

Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Michael Siller, PhD, received his doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 2016, Dr. Siller held a position as associate professor of psychology at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Dr. Siller published the first pair of longitudinal studies to show that responsive parental behaviors reliably predict the long-term (16-year) language gains in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He also completed two clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of focused playtime intervention, a parent-coaching intervention that aims to improve the quality of parent-child communication during shared toy play.

In addition, Dr. Siller has collaborated with primary care and Early Head Start providers to enhance early identification of autism in ethnically diverse and low-resource communities. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals, including Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Siller coedited the "Handbook of Parent-Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism”.

Dr. Siller codirects education sciences research at Marcus Autism Center, as well as the Preschool Program. He collaborates with his colleagues to develop, evaluate and implement community-viable educational innovations for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in Georgia and beyond.


Speaking Engagements

  • Siller, M. (2018, April). Focused playtime intervention: Engaging young children with autism in shared toy play. Presented at the 9th Annual Chattanooga Autism Conference, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Siller, M. (2018, April). Feeding the brains of students with autism: Social emotional learning in the classroom. Presented at the 9th Annual Chattanooga Autism Conference, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Siller, M. (2018, January). Parent-mediated interventions to increase responsive parental behaviors and child communication in autism. Presented as part of the Ralph George Family Lecture Series, Berry College, Rome, GA.
  • Siller, M. (2017, August). Feeding the brains of students with autism: Social skills instruction or a context for social emotional learning? Presented at the North Georgia Autism Conference, Dalton, GA.
  • Morgan, L., & Siller, M. (2016, November). Interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder: From the clinic to the classroom. Presented at Egleston Grand Rounds, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

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