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Curtis Deutsch PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
Worcester MA 01655
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    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United StatesBSBiology
    University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX, United StatesPHDPsychology

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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)


    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, Patnaik PP, Greco FA. Is There a Characteristic Autonomic Response During Outbursts of Combative Behavior in Dementia Patients? J Alzheimers Dis Rep. 2021 May 04; 5(1):389-394. PMID: 34189410.
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    2. Qiu Y, Arbogast T, Lorenzo SM, Li H, Tang SC, Richardson E, Hong O, Cho S, Shanta O, Pang T, Corsello C, Deutsch CK, Chevalier C, Davis EE, Iakoucheva LM, Herault Y, Katsanis N, Messer K, Sebat J. Oligogenic Effects of 16p11.2 Copy-Number Variation on Craniofacial Development. Cell Rep. 2019 09 24; 28(13):3320-3328.e4. PMID: 31553903.
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    3. Stadelmaier R, Nasri H, Deutsch CK, Bauman M, Hunt A, Stodgell CJ, Adams J, Holmes LB. Exposure to Sodium Valproate during Pregnancy: Facial Features and Signs of Autism. Birth Defects Res. 2017 Jun 21. PMID: 28635121.
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    4. Greco FA, Deutsch CK. Carl Gustav Jung and the psychobiology of schizophrenia. Brain. 2017 01; 140(1):e1. PMID: 28031224.
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    5. Dube WV, Farber RS, Mueller MR, Grant E, Lorin L, Deutsch CK. Stimulus Overselectivity in Autism, Down Syndrome, and Typical Development. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2016 May; 121(3):219-35. PMID: 27119213.
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    6. Deutsch CK, Levy DL, Price SF, Bodkin JA, Boling L, Coleman MJ, Johnson F, Lerbinger J, Matthysse S, Holzman PS. Quantitative Measures of Craniofacial Dysmorphology in a Family Study of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Illness. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Nov; 41(6):1309-16. PMID: 25795453.
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    7. Orup HI, Deutsch CK, Holmes LB. Laser light scan analysis of the "anticonvulsant face". Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2014 Dec; 100(12):905-11. PMID: 24863698.
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    8. Mick E, McGough J, Deutsch CK, Frazier JA, Kennedy D, Goldberg RJ. Genome-wide association study of proneness to anger. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e87257. PMID: 24489884.
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    9. 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. PMID: 23463671.
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    10. Deutsch CK, McIlvane WJ. Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence. Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Oct; 35(5):363-4. PMID: 23095384.
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    11. O'Brien LM, Ziegler DA, Deutsch CK, Frazier JA, Herbert MR, Locascio JJ. Statistical adjustments for brain size in volumetric neuroimaging studies: some practical implications in methods. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Aug 30; 193(2):113-22. PMID: 21684724.
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    12. Deutsch CK, Ludwig WW, McIlvane WJ. Heterogeneity and hypothesis testing in neuropsychiatric illness. Behav Brain Sci. 2008 Jun; 31(3):266-267. PMID: 24013907.
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    13. Wong JY, Oh AK, Ohta E, Hunt AT, Rogers GF, Mulliken JB, Deutsch CK. Validity and reliability of craniofacial anthropometric measurement of 3D digital photogrammetric images. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2008 May; 45(3):232-9. PMID: 18452351.
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    14. 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. PMID: 18300974.
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    15. Deutsch CK, Dube WV, McIlvane WJ. Attention deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2008; 14(4):285-92. PMID: 19072752.
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    16. Charlot L, Deutsch CK, Albert A, Hunt A, Connor DF, McIlvane WJ. Mood and Anxiety Symptoms in Psychiatric Inpatients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Depression. J Ment Health Res Intellect Disabil. 2008; 1(4):238-253. PMID: 24009649.
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    17. 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. PMID: 17022081.
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    18. 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. PMID: 17029502.
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    19. O'Brien LM, Ziegler DA, Deutsch CK, Kennedy DN, Goldstein JM, Seidman LJ, Hodge S, Makris N, Caviness V, Frazier JA, Herbert MR. Adjustment for whole brain and cranial size in volumetric brain studies: a review of common adjustment factors and statistical methods. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2006 May-Jun; 14(3):141-51. PMID: 16787886.
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    20. McCaffery P, Deutsch CK. Macrocephaly and the control of brain growth in autistic disorders. Prog Neurobiol. 2005 Sep-Oct; 77(1-2):38-56. PMID: 16280193.
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    21. 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. PMID: 12757362.
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