Emily Kuschner, PhD


Dr. Kuschner is a licensed clinical psychologist and scientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Lurie Family Foundations MEG Center and the Center for Autism Research. Dr. Kuschner earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester with a research program focused on visuospatial processing style and play in children with ASD, as well as characterization and differential diagnosis of children with comorbid Down syndrome and ASD. Following her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, she was previously a faculty psychologist in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Kuschner now has a program of research aimed at understanding food selectivity in children, adolescents, and adults with ASD. She has developed the BUFFET Program (Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment Program), which is a group treatment targeting improved food selectivity. Dr. Kuschner has several additional projects examining the best ways to measure food selectivity and the relationship between food selectivity and nutrition profiles in children with ASD. As a psychologist in Dr. Timothy Roberts’ MEG Center, Dr. Kuschner supervises and conduct clinical and diagnostic characterization evaluations for research participants. She is also working closely with Dr. Roberts and his team to develop clinical support protocols to help children participate in research studies involving MEG or MRI imaging visits, regardless of age (infancy through adolescence) or cognitive and language levels (nonverbal or minimally verbal through verbally adept).