Sally J. Rogers, PhD

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Health System
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
 
Phone: 916-703-0264
Email: sjrogers@ucdavis.edu
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Last Updated: August 22, 2017

Sally J. Rogers
 

Leadership: LEND Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Early Start Denver Model Project
 
Discipline(s): Psychiatry
Disability Studies
Human Development/Child Development
Psychology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Dr. Rogers specializes in conducting research into autism and other developmental disorders and treating patients with developmental disabilities, especially young children with autism and their families. Dr. Rogers studies early social, cognitive, and emotional development, development of motor skills, communication, imitation, and language in children with severe disabilities, development of social relationships in people with disabilities, and treatment efficacy in autism at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute. Her clinical interests include early diagnosis and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, and evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning in children with other developmental disorders. She has written extensively in her field, authoring numerous articles and books and developing training videos on child development. Dr. Rogers serves on the editorial board of many publications, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and Infants and Young Children. She also reviews various periodicals such as the American Journal of Mental Retardation, Journal of Early Intervention, Journal of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry Child Development, and Development and Psychopathology
Education: B.A. Ashland College, 1969
M.A. The Ohio State University, 1973
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1975
Service: Elected President, International Society for Autism Research, 2005- 2007
Research Proposal Reviewer, The Israel Science Foundation, 2006
Advisory Committee on Autism, Guilford Press, 2005
Member, NIH Committee on Treatment Designs in Autism Research, 2003 - present
Committee Member, NIH-NAAR Consortium on Infant Siblings Studies in Autism, Washington, DC, Fall 2003 - present
Advisory Board, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, 2003 - present Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Study Section, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 2003 - 2005
Review panel for Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, 2002 - present

Vita/Bio

Dr. Rogers specializes in conducting developmental and treatment research into autism and other developmental disorders and working with children with developmental disabilities and their families, especially young children with autism. She studies early developmental processes, including imitation, social-communicative behavior, development of motor skills, language, and social interaction patterns. She is currently focused on developing and improving treatments for early autism using a treatment model that she developed in collaboration with Geraldine Dawson, the Early Start Denver Model. Her efforts to deliver effective interventions to people with autism and their families takes her to places all over the globe, training therapists use ESDM in. She is the primary scientist of a number of federal grants, including an NIH funded ACE Network grant involving a multisite randomized clinical trial comparing ESDM and discrete trial interventions, a study focused on how to help parents use ESDM techniques at home to improve their children's language and behavior, and a large postdoctoral training grant that she directs with Dr. Amaral. Her clinical interests include evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning; early intervention for children with autism; developing treatment and educational interventions for persons with autism of all ages, and social skills groups for adults with autism. She has written extensively in her field, authoring numerous articles and books and developing training videos. Dr. Rogers serves on the editorial board of many publications, including Autism Research, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Infants and Young Children. She also reviews for many journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Science, American Journal of Mental Retardation, Journal of Early Intervention, Journal of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, and Development and Psychopathology.