Shana Richardson, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Shana Richardson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist as a part of the assessment and diagnosis team at Marcus Autism Center. Dr. Richardson completed her undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Georgia and doctorate from Georgia State University. Dr. Richardson completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She returned to Atlanta for her post-doctoral fellowship with Emory University School of Medicine and Marcus Autism Center.

Dr. Richardson conducts psychological assessments for families through our Diagnostic Clinic and for families participating in the various research studies. Dr. Richardson sees children of all ages and specializes in the clinical characterization of infants and toddlers. Dr. Richardson also serves as the site principal investigator for Emory University in a multi-site U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial investigating the use of an eye-tracking device in early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children 16 to 30 months old. She also plays an active role in the supervision of trainees, from practicum students to post-doctoral fellows.


  • Beacham, C., Reid, M., Bradshaw, J., Lambha, M., Evans, L., Gillespie, S., Klaiman, C., & Richardson, S.S. (2018). Screening for autism spectrum disorder: profiles of children who are missed. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39 (9), 673-682.
  • Floyd, F. J., Costigan, C., & Richardson, S.S. (2016). Sibling relationships in adolescence and early adulthood with individuals who have intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121 (5), 383-397.

Speaking Engagements

  • Richardson, S. (2017, August). Autism spectrum disorder: Signs, symptoms, and diagnosis. Webinar in collaboration with the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children for Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services.