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Laurie Vismara, PhD

Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Phone: 404-727-3964



Laurie Vismara, PhD, is the Director of the Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Vismara specializes in early autism treatment and research with clinical training in early childhood development and neurodevelopmental disorders. She has spent her career developing and testing early intervention and toddler-day programs, while working with state-level organizations and international governments to disseminate critical services to community organizations. A board-certified behavior analyst with expertise in the Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Treatment and a wide range of other autism interventions, she is considered one of the most experienced autism intervention clinicians and researchers in early autism. She has published in numerous academic publications, as well as co-authored the book, An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn, to help parents use her intervention strategies at home. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention.

Dr. Vismara received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego in 2001, followed by her Master’s in 2003 from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2003.  She then earned her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005.