Faculty Research

Click the tabs below to visit the Google Scholar pages for the most up-to-date research by the Emory Autism Center faculty.

Catherine E. Rice, PhD

Catherine E. Rice, PhD, is the Director of the Emory Autism Center.  Dr. Rice's research has focused on the early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities with a focus on improving linkage to services and supports. In addition, she has focused on the screening, diagnosis, and prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the individual and population-level. Much of her work has been on a public health perspective of identifying the population-based prevalence of ASD among children and in understanding the complex changes in prevalence over time.  
For the latest on Dr. Rice's research, visit her Google Scholar page.

Joe Cubells, MD, PhD

Joe Cubells, MD, PhD, is the Director of Medical and Adult Services at the Emory Autism Center.  Dr. Cubells’ primary research goal is to identify molecular and genetic factors that contribute to neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and major depression.  As a clinician-scientist, he conducts research into the behavioral, functional, and mental health outcomes of adults with autism and related developmental disorders, as well as adults with known genetic/chromosomal abnormalities who require behavioral healthcare. 

For the latest on Dr. Cubell's research, visit his Google Scholar page.

Michael Morrier, PhD, BCBA-D

Michael Morrier, Phd, BCBA-D, is Director of the Screening and Assessment Clinic at the Emory Autism Center.  His research interests focus on disparities in identification, diagnosis, and placement of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on one’s racial/ethnic and socioeconomic background. He also researches the effects of intensive early intervention on social development in preschool-aged children with ASD. 

For the latest on Dr. Morrier's research, visit his Google Scholar page.

Opal Ousley, PhD

Opal Ousley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Dr. Ousley’s core research endeavors focus on the diagnosis and neuropsychological assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan and the phenotypic characterization of infants, children and adults with autism, intellectual disability, and associated genetic disorders that impact social-adaptive behavior (e.g., 22q11.2 deletion syndrome). Her interdisciplinary collaborations include research with Emory faculty across Genetics, Neuroimaging, Computing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Immunology, and Nutrition. Dr. Ousley participates in national and international research projects (e.g. Simons Simplex Collection; the International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome; the Autism Center of Excellence study examining the genetic causes of autism in African-American populations), as well as clinical trials/translational research projects related to ASD (e.g., Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition; Toward outcome measurement of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorders).  

For the latest on Dr. Ousley's research, visit her Google Scholar page.

Matt Segall, PhD

Matt Segall, PhD, is the Program Director for Education/Transition.  His interests focus on why and how some individuals are well suited to working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For example, educators that have experience teaching students with ASD also tend to have more positive attitudes about these students and more accurate knowledge about ASD and evidence based practices. Dr. Segall is also interested in understanding the needs of college students with ASD and how best to support their success in college.