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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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