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Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics (Genetics), Einstein

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein

Genetic diseasesAutismSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and CardiogeneticsIntellectual and Developmental disabilities

Dr. Marion is an internationally recognized pediatric geneticist who specializes in diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders and genetic diseases. His work with the Aguirre brothers, twins who were joined at the head and then separated, made national news in 2004. He played a key role in establishing the CardioGenetics center of Einstein and Montefiore, which provides care for families of individuals who have suffered sudden unexpected cardiac death. He is also the founder of the Williams Syndrome Center and the Dermato-Genetics Clinic at Montefiore, and treats children and adults with neurofibromatosis, intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and spina bifida. read more...


Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.

Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.

Professor, Pediatrics

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director, Sheryl and Daniel R. Tishman Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)

AutismBrain imaging (Electrophysiology and fMRI)Sensory processingMultisensory integrationExecutive functionPredictive processing

Dr. Molholm is a leader in the field of multisensory integration and focuses her research on developmental disorders, with an emphasis on autism, and on rare genetic conditions. She studies how the human brain processes and integrates sensory inputs—sight, sound, and touch—to impact perception and behavior. She also studies higher order processes such as attention and executive function, and how these interact with lower order cortical processes. Using non-invasive techniques, including brainwave electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Dr. Molholm examines the link between deficits in information processing and autism, and how these relate to different neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions. read more...


Lisa H. Shulman, M.D.

Lisa H. Shulman, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein

Interim Director, the Children’s Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)

Director, Infant and Preschool Services, CERC

Director, Autism Services, CERC

Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) at the Rose F. Kennedy Center

Autism early diagnosis/identificationLearning disordersAutism management/interventionDevelopmental delays

Dr. Shulman is a developmental pediatrician and a neurodevelopmental pediatrician with special expertise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and learning disabilities. Her research interests include early identification of autism, evidence-based treatments, healthcare disparities in autism diagnosis and management, and complementary and alternative medicine usage in autism. read more...


Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Director, Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory, Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

Autism/learning disabilitiesAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)Language development/language impairmentHearing

Dr. Sussman studies auditory scene perception, a crucial hearing skill that allows us to follow a single voice in a crowded room. Her research focuses on understanding how auditory cognition changes across the lifespan from infancy to old age and how it breaks down in individuals with developmental disorders (such as autism, language impairments and ADHD) and hearing impairments.  read more...