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Ira L. Cohen, PhD

Ira L. Cohen, PhD, specializes in autism and the genetics of autism, diagnosis, and behavioral assessment. He received his PhD in psychobiology from Rutgers University in 1974 under the supervision of Michael R. D’Amato. He completed his Autism Diagnostic Interview training and certification in June 1999 under Christopher Smith of Mt. Sinai Hospital. He then completed his Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule training and certification in August 1999 under Catherine Lord at the University of Chicago. He served as a senior research scientist, head of the Division of Behavioral Assessment, and chairman of the Department of Psychology at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dr. Cohen is the author and coauthor of over 100 peer-reviewed publications on autism. He is the coauthor of the PDD Behavior Inventory (PDDBI) and the author of the PDD Behavior Inventory Screening Version (PDDBI-SV).

Areas of Expertise

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Genetics of autism
  • Statistical analysis
  • Child development
  • Regression analysis
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Behavioral assessment


  • BA in psychology, Temple University (1969)
  • MS in psychobiology, Rutgers University (1972)
  • PhD in psychobiology, Rutgers University (1974)

Products, Abstracts, and Publications

Community Involvement

  • Past Member of Human Rights Committee, Eden II School for Autistic Children, Inc., Staten Island, NY
  • Professional Advisory Board, Foundation for Educating Children with Autism, Inc.
  • Professional Advisory Board, Institute for Child Development, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Board of Advisors, Foundation for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Rockland County, NY

Licenses and Professional Memberships

  • NYS license for practice in psychology
  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology
  • Fellow and charter member, American Psychological Society