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    Curtis Deutsch PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone774-455-4015
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      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentShriver Center

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        Academic Background

        B.A., Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), 1973
        Ph.D., Behavior Genetics, University of Texas at Austin, TX, 1983

        Current Appointments:

        2009 - Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, UMMS
        2006 - Consulting Dysmorphologist, Craniofacial Centre, Children's Hospital Boston
        2004 - Director, Craniofacial Research Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center UMMS
        2003 - Director, Psychobiology Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center UMMS

        Professional Service:

        2002-2009 Panel Member, NIH Review Committees
        2004-2006 Steering Committee, Society for Craniofacial Genetics
        2008- Steering Committee, Autism Genetics Resource Exchange (AGRE), Autism Speaks
        2001- Board of Directors, Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAD)

        RESEARCH INTERESTS

        Curtis DeutschDr. Deutsch’s research program focuses on biobehavioral and genetic factors in developmental disabilities:

        Developmental neurobiology - One research topic is the study of dysmorphology (deviations from the norm) of the human face in developmental disorders. How might facial abnormalities arise in brain-based disorders? The brain and the face develop from common embryologic regions and are sculpted by shared forces. Thus, genetic and/or environmental factors that influence brain development may also affect the delicate features of the head and face.

        The brain-based disorders under study in this research are autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and specific genetic syndromes. In this research initiative, objective quantitative models are used to assess dysmorphology. Also in development is an electronic database of craniofacial measurements that takes age, gender, and ethnicity into account.

        Behavioral phenotyping - With Shriver Center director Dr. WJ McIlvane and members of his Behavioral Technology group at the Shriver Center, Dr. Deutsch is developing tests of cognitive/behavioral function in order to understand more about brain functioning among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

        Psychiatric genetics - Dr. Deutsch is working with colleagues in the fields of autism and psychosis research to study the association of genetics and psychiatric disorders.



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        1. Deutsch CK, Hreczko T, Holmes LB. Quantitative assessment of craniofacial morphology in Johanson-Blizzard syndrome. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2013 Mar; 97(3):166-9.
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        2. Deutsch CK, McIlvane WJ. Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: Pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence. Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Oct; 35(5):363-4.
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        3. Oh AK, Wong J, Ohta E, Rogers GF, Deutsch CK, Mulliken JB. Facial asymmetry in unilateral coronal synostosis: long-term results after fronto-orbital advancement. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Feb; 121(2):545-62.
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        4. Deutsch CK, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Attention deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2008; 14(4):285-92.
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        5. Dickson CA, Deutsch CK, Wang SS, Dube WV. Matching-to-sample assessment of stimulus overselectivity in students with intellectual disabilities. Am J Ment Retard. 2006 Nov; 111(6):447-53.
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        6. Lainhart JE, Bigler ED, Bocian M, Coon H, Dinh E, Dawson G, Deutsch CK, Dunn M, Estes A, Tager-Flusberg H, Folstein S, Hepburn S, Hyman S, McMahon W, Minshew N, Munson J, Osann K, Ozonoff S, Rodier P, Rogers S, Sigman M, Spence MA, Stodgell CJ, Volkmar F. Head circumference and height in autism: a study by the Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism. Am J Med Genet A. 2006 Nov 1; 140(21):2257-74.
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        7. McCaffery P, Deutsch CK. Macrocephaly and the control of brain growth in autistic disorders. Prog Neurobiol. 2005 Sep-Oct; 77(1-2):38-56.
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        8. Deutsch CK, Joseph RM. Brief report: cognitive correlates of enlarged head circumference in children with autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 2003 Apr; 33(2):209-15.
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