Elisabeth Dykens, PhD

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
PMB 40
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
 
Phone: 615-322-8242
Email: elisabeth.dykens@vanderbilt.edu
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Last Updated: August 30, 2017

Elisabeth Dykens
 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Leadership Administrative Staff: Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
Human Development/Child Development
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Dykens' research identifies the neurobehavioral and developmental phenotypes of persons with genetic mental retardation syndromes, including Prader-Willi, Williams, Down, 5p-, fragile X, and Smith-Magenis syndromes. Some of Dykens work examines behavioral similarities and differences across syndromes, and these findings help refine the phenotype associated with each disorder. Yet most of Dykens research focuses on individual differences within syndromes, and addresses the question of why people with the same disorder vary in their phenotypic expression. Dykens is thus examining genetic, psychosocial and developmental sources of individual differences within syndromes.
Education: Psychopathology

Vita/Bio

Dykens, Elisabeth May

Professor

Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

B.A.

M.A.

Ph.D.

1979

1983

1985

Psychology/Sociology

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

A. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

1984-1985 Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

1985-1987 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

1987-1993 Research Scientist, Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

1988-1993 Staff Psychologist, RiverView Hospital for Children, Middletown, CT

1993-1995 Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

1993-1995 Director, Office of Science, Law, and Social Policy; 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games

1995-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute

1997-2003 Associate Director for Research, UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

1997-2000 Associate Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Child Psychiatry

1999-2003 Associate Director for Education and Training, UCLA Mental Retardation Research Center

2001-2003 Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Child Psychiatry

2003-pres Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

•2003-2004 Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University

2004-pres Associate Director, John F. Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University

Memberships

Executive Committee, NICHD Gatlinburg Conference on Research in Mental Retardation; Research Committee, Special Olympics International; Scientific Advisory Board, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA); Professional Advisory Committee, 5p- Society (Cri-du-Chat syndrome); Science Board of PRISMS: Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome; Member at Large American Psychological Association Division 33; Member National Research Council Committee on Disability Determination for Mental Retardation; American Academy on Mental Retardation; American Association on Mental Retardation; International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities; Associate Editor, American Journal of Mental Retardation; License to practice psychology in California, pending in TN

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa; Magna Cum Laude; Sigma Xi Scientific Society; Sara Williston Honorary Scholar; Mary Lyon Scholar in Psychology; University of Kansas Fellowship

B. Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (from over 120)

Dykens, E. M. (2000). Obsessive-compulsive and other maladaptive features in Prader-Willi syndrome. The Endocrinologist, 10, 24S-26S.

Dykens, E. M. (2000) Psychopathology in children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 407-417.

Dykens, E. M., Hodapp, R. M., & Finucane, B. M. (2000). Genetics and mental retardation syndromes: A new look at behavior and intervention. Baltimore MD: Brookes.

Fidler, D. J., Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2000). Stress in families of young children with Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and Smith-Magenis syndrome. Early Education and Development, 11, 395-406.

State, M. W., & Dykens, E. M. (2000). Prader?Willi syndrome: Genes, brain, and behavior. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 797-800.

Dykens, E. M. (2000). Contaminated and odd foods: What do people with Prader-Willi syndrome choose, Mental Retardation, 38, 163-171.

Cassidy, S. B., Dykens, E. M., & Williams, C. A. (2001). Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes: Sister imprinted disorders. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 97, 136-146.

Dykens, E. M. (2001). Guest editor of special issue on behavioral phenotypes in genetic syndromes. American Journal on Mental Retardation.

Dykens, E. M., & Hodapp, R. M. (2001). Research in mental retardation: Toward an etiologic approach. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42, 49-71.

Dykens, E. M., Rosner, B. A., & Ly, T (2001). Drawings by individuals with Williams syndrome: Are people different from shapes, American Journal on Mental Retardation, 106, 94-107.

Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2001). Strengthening behavioral research on genetic mental retardation syndromes. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 106, 4-15.

Dykens, E. M. (2002). Are jigsaw puzzle skills "spared" in people with Prader-Willi syndrome, Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 43, 343-352.

Dykens, E. M., Shah, B., Sagun, J., Beck, T., & King, B. H. (2002). Maladaptive behavior in persons with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 46, 484-492.

Fidler, D. J., Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2002). Educational experiences of children with Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Williams syndrome. Journal of Special Education, 36, 80-88.

Volkmar, F. & Dykens, E. M (2002). Mental retardation. In M. Rutter & E. Taylor (Eds.), Child and adolescent psychiatry: Modern approaches (4th ed., pp. 697-710). Oxford, U.K.:Blackwell Science.

Dykens, E. M., & Cassidy, S. B. (2003). Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes: Cognitive and behavioral phenotypes (pp. 133-158). In G. S. Fisch (Ed.), Genetics and neurodevelopmental disorders. NJ: Humana Press.

Dykens, E. M., & Shah, B. (2003). Psychiatric disorders in Prader-Willi syndrome: Epidemiology and management. CNS Drugs, 17, 167-178.

Dykens, E. M. (2003). The Williams syndrome behavioral phenotype: The "whole person" is missing. Current Opinions in Psychiatry, 16, 523-528.

Dykens, E.M. (2003). Anxiety, fears, and phobias in persons with Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 23, 291-316.

Dykens, E. M. (2004). Maladaptive and compulsive behavior in Prader-Willi syndrome: New insights from older adults. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 109(2), 142-153.

Dykens, E. M., Sutcliffe, J. S., & Levitt, P. (2004). Contrasting autism and 15q11-q13 disorders: Behavioral, genetic, and pathophysiological issues. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Reviews, 10, 284-291.

Geshwind, D. H., & Dykens, E. M. (2004). Neurobehavioral and psychosocial issues in Klinefelter syndrome. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 19, 166-173.

Rosner, B. A., Hodapp, R. M., Fidler, D. J., Sagun, J. N., & Dykens, E. M. (2004). Social competence in persons with Prader-Willi, Williams and Down syndromes. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 17, 209-217.

Frankland, P. W., Wang, Y., Rosner, B., Shimizu, T., Balleine, B. W., Dykens, E. M., Ornitz, E. M., Silva, A. J. (2004). Sensory-gating and abnormalities in young males with fragile X syndrome and Fmr1-Knockout mice. Molecular Psychiatry, 9, 417-425.

Dykens, E. M., & Rosner, B. A. (in press). Psychopathology in persons with Williams syndrome. In C. A. Morris, P. P Wang, & H. M Lenoff (Eds.), William-Beuren syndrome: Research and clinical perspectives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dykens, E. M. (in press). Happiness, well-being, and character strengths: Outcomes for families and siblings of persons with mental retardation. Mental Retardation.

Dykens, E. M. (in press). Toward a positive psychology of mental retardation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Dykens, E. M., Rosner, B, Ly, T., & Sagun, J. (in press). Music and anxiety in Williams Syndrome: A harmonious or discordant relationship, American Journal of Mental Retardation.