Benjamin Yerys, PhD

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Benjamin E. Yerys, Ph.D., is a child psychologist in the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Yerys leads CAR’s research on the brain basis and treatment of attention and executive function. Dr. Yerys has published extensively on the presence of executive function impairments in children with ASD, and how they relate to core repetitive behavior symptoms of ASD or common co-occurring disorders like ADHD. Dr. Yerys’ goal is to use this information to inform or create new treatments that can be tailored specifically to the needs of individual children. Dr. Yerys also conducts similar research in other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ADHD) and genetic disorders (22q). Dr. Yerys research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and private foundations (Philadelphia Foundation, McMorris Foundation). Dr. Yerys conducts evaluations for children and adolescents suspected of an ASD at the Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.