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Lauren Kenworthy, PhD

Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, is a professor of neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Kenworthy's research interests are in describing and treating the neuropsychological phenotype of autism. She is a coauthor of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function, Second Edition (BRIEF2), the gold-standard measure for executive function, as well as its predecessor, the BRIEFThe BRIEF family has been used in over 1,000 research publications to document executive functioning in various clinical groups. She is an author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications documenting nonsocial deficits in autism. Her recent publications have focused on the role of executive dysfunction in autism and its treatment. She is coauthor of a school-based executive function intervention for children on the autism spectrum, Unstuck and On Target. She has a long history of federally funded research on autism and executive function and has completed two trials of Unstuck and On Target in schools for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder. A national and international speaker on ASD and executive functions, Dr. Kenworthy also serves on dissertation committees and as a journal reviewer.

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuropsychology
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Clinical child and adolescent psychology


  • BA in English, Yale University (1984)
  • Master’s degree, University of Maryland (1991)
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland (1993)

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