Opal Ousley, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Opal Ousley, PhD, works with the assessment and diagnosis team at Marcus Autism Center. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University.

In her current position at Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Ousley conducts psychological assessments for families participating in various research studies, with a focus on the clinical characterization of school-age children participating in intervention studies. Dr. Ousley has also participated in research studies of children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome who are at risk for autism spectrum disorder.


  • Morrier M.J., Ousley O.Y., Caceres-Gamundi, G.A., Segall, M.J., Cubells, J.F., Young, L.J., & Andari, E. (2017). Relationship between ADOS-2, Module 4 calibrated scores and social and non-social standardized assessment measures in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Ousley, O., Evans, A.N., Fernandez-Carriba, S., Smearman, E.L., Rockers, K., Morrier, M.J., Evans, D.W., Coleman, K., & Cubells, J. (2017). Examining the overlap between autism spectrum disorder and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18 (5), 1071.
  • Li, G., Du, Y., Luan, F., Li, M., & Ousley, O. (2017). IQ profiles and clinical symptoms of Chinese school-aged boys with autism spectrum disorder. The European Journal of Psychiatry, 31(2), 59-65.
  • Weisman, O., Guri, Y., Gur, R.E., McDonald-McGinn, D.M., Calkins, M.E., Tang, S.X., Emanuel, B., Zackai, E.H., Eliez, S., Schneider, M., Schaer, M., Kates, W.R., Antshel, K.M., Fremont, W., Shashi, V., Hooper, S.R., Armando, M., Vicari, S., Pontillo, M., Kushan, L., Jalbrzikowski, M., Bearden, C.E., Cubells, J.F., Ousley, O.Y., Walker, E.F., Simon, T.J., Stoddard, J., Niendam, T.A., van den Bree, M.B.M., & Gothelf, D. (2017). International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Subthreshold psychosis in 22q11. 2 deletion syndrome: Multisite naturalistic study. Schizophrenia Bulletin.
  • Vorstman, J.A., Breetvelt, E.J., Duijff, S.N., Eliez, S., Schneider, M., Jalbrzikowski, M., Armando, M., Vicari, S., Shashi, V., Hooper, S.R., Chow, E.W., Fung, W.L., Butcher, N.J., Young, D.A., McDonald-McGinn, D.M., Vogels, A., van Amelsvoort, T., Gothelf, D., Weinberger, R., Weizman, A., Klaassen, P.W., Koops, S., Kates, W.R., Antshel, K.M., Simon, T.J., Ousley, O.Y., Swillen, A., Gur, R.E., Bearden, C.E., Kahn, R.S., & Bassett, A.S. (2015). International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Cognitive decline preceding the onset of psychosis in patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. JAMA Psychiatry, 72 (4), 377–385.
  • Muldoon, M., Ousley, O.Y., Kobrynski, L.J., Patel, S., Oster, M.E., Fernandez-Carriba, S., Cubells, J.F., Coleman, K., & Pearce, B.D. (2014). The effect of hypocalcemia in early childhood on autism-related social and communication skills in patients with 22q11 deletion syndrome. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 1-6 .
  • Schneider, M., Debbané, M., Bassett, A.S., Chow, E.W.C., Fung, W.L.A., van den Bree, M.B. M., Owen, M., Murphy, K.C., Niarchou, M., Kates, W.R., Antshel, K.M., Fremont, W., McDonald-McGinn, D.M., Gur, R.E., Zackai, E.H., Vorstman, J., Duijff, S.N., Klaassen, P.W., Swillen, A., Gothelf, D., Green, T., Weizman, A., Van Amelsvoort, T., Evers, L., Boot, E., Shashi, V., Hooper, S.R., Bearden, C.E., Jalbrzikowski, M., Armando, M., Vicari, S., Murphy, D.G., Ousley, O., Campbell, L.E., Simon, T.J., & Eliez, S. (2014). International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion. Psychiatric Disorders From Childhood to Adulthood in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Results From the International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. The American Journal of Psychiatry 171 (6), 627–639.
  • Ousley, O., & Cermak, T. (2014). Autism spectrum disorder: Defining dimensions and subgroups. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 1, 20-28.