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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service

The Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service conducts developmental and behavioral evaluations on individuals with a variety of neurodevelopmental problems, focusing on young children and individuals of all ages with significant cognitive or social impairments. The goal of the service is to provide behavioral phenotyping for natural history and treatment studies of autism spectrum disorder and genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability, and contribute to outcome measure development for these conditions. Evaluations integrate NIH patient history with results from individually-administered standardized psychological tests, and can be completed based on clinical referral or protocol driven research questions.

If you are an NIH Clinical Center researcher or clinician interested in requesting a consultation from the NBPS please see:

OCD Staff

Audrey Thurm, Ph.D.
Service Director Website

Lisa Joseph, Ph.D.

Maria Martinez
Contract psychologist

Cristan Farmer, Ph.D.
Psychologist and statistician

Ivy Giserman-Kiss, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Emma Condy, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow

Margaret Pekar M.A.
Research coordinator

Leslie Manso
Contract data analyst

Current NIMH funded IRTAs include Stephanie Pham, Dennis Carter and Rylee Duncan; please contact Audrey Thurm if you are interested in a position as an IRTA with us!

If interested in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Interest Group, which meets monthly for presentations and discussions to foster collaboration between various NIH Institutes involved in both basic and clinical research in this area, please see: