The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC
The Carolina Institute includes:

Dr. Joseph Piven
  Contact Information
4123 Bioinformatics Building
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3366
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3366

Office: (919) 843-8641   |   Fax: (919) 966-7080

Joseph Piven, M.D.

Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology
Director, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Co-Director, UNC NIH T32 Post Doctoral Research Training Program
Director, NICHD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Director, North Carolina University Center of Excellence
Director, NIH ACE Network – Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS)
 Research Interests
  • Structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging of the developing brain in autism, and Fragile X
  • Health services for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Molecular and family genetic studies of the intermediate phenotypes in Autism.
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 Highlighted Publications
Hazlett HC, Poe MD, Gerig G, Smith RG, Provenzale J, Ross A, Gilmore J, Piven J. Magnetic resonance imaging and head circumference study of brain size in autism: birth through age two years. The Archives of General Psychiatry. 62(12): 1366-76, December 2005.

Sasson N, Tscuchiya N, Hurley R, Couture S, Penn D, Adolphs R, Piven J. Orienting to Social Stimuli Differentiates Social Cognitive Impairment in Autism and Schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia 45:2580-8 (Epub 2007 March 13)

Spezio ML, Adolphs R, Hurley RSE, Piven J. An Abnormal Use of Facial Information in High Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders, 37(5):929-39 (Epub 2006 September 28), May 2007.

Wassink TH, Hazlett HC, Epping EA, Arndt S, Dager SR, Schellenberg GD, Dawson G, Piven J. Cerebral Cortical Gray Matter Overgrowth and Functional Variation of the Serotonin Transporter Gene in Autism. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(6):709-17, June 2007.

Losh M, Piven J, Lam K, Childress D. Defining Key Features of the Broad Autism Phenotype: A Comparison Across Parents of Multiple-and-Single-Incidence Autism Families. American Journal of Medicine Neuropyschiatric Genetics (Epub 2007 October 19).

Adolphs A, Spezio M, Parlier M, Piven J. Distinct face-processing strategies in parents of autistic children. Curr Biol. 2008 Jul 22;18(14):1090-3.

Lam K, Bodfish J, Piven J. Evidence for three subtypes of repetitive behavior in autism that differ in familiality and association with other symptoms. Journal of Child Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry 2008 Nov;49(11):1193-1200.

Hazlett H, Poe M, Lightbody A, Gerig G, MacFall J, Ross A, Provenzale J, Martin A, Reiss A, Piven J. Teasing apart the heterogeneity of autism: Same behavior, different brains in toddlers with fragile X syndrome and autism Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2009 March (1) 81-90

Losh M, Adolphs R, Poe M, Couture S, Penn D, Baranek G, Piven J. The Neuropsychological Profile of Autism and the Broad Autism Phenotype. Archives of General Psychiatry May 2009; 66: 518-526.

Mosconi M, Hazlett H, Poe M, Gerig G, Smith R, Piven J. A longitudinal Study of Amygdala Volume and Joint Attention in 2-4 Year Old Children with Autism. Archives of General Psychiatry May 2009; 66: 509-516

1976 - BS with honors in Psychology,
    University of Maryland, College Park

1981 - MD, University of Maryland Medical School

1986 - Residency and Postdoc,
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

1992-1997 - Scientist Developmental Award for
    Clinicians (KO1)

1998-2003 - Independent Scientist Award,


1988-1991 - Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
    Johns Hopkins University

1991-1999 - Assistant, Associate Professor
    University of Iowa

1999-present - Professor
    University of North Carolina

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