Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, is an epidemiologist who tries to determine the etiology (cause) of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and who assesses of the increasing prevalence of the disorder. She is currently the director and principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (PA-CADDRE), one of six centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the etiology of ASD. She is also the director of the Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, she is working with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network on a study on the prevalence of ASD and other childhood disabilities in India. Screening instruments are being field-tested now, and the study will ultimately assess children from 45,000 households across that country.
Another area of her research at the Center for Autism Research is use of complementary and alternative medical treatments among children with autism.