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Robin Gabriels, PsyD


Contact Info:

Gary Pavilion, 4th Floor
The Children's Hospital
Email:  Dr. Gabriels

Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Gabriels is interested in diagnostic assessment and treatment of youth with autism spectrum disorder and co-existing psychiatric disorders. Her research focuses on evaluating the outcomes of animal-assisted interventions for the ASD population. 

University of Northern Colorado, B.A., 1983

Vermont College of Norwich University, M.A., 1985

University of Denver, Psy.D., 1997

University of Michigan Autism and Communication, Certified ADOS Trainer, 2005​​​

Director of Art Therapy, Department of Pediatric Psychiatry, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO, Sept. 1985 - Aug. 1996

Child and Family Therapist, Therapeutic Preschool Program, Aurora Community Mental Health Center, Aurora, CO 1990 - 1992

Board Member, Autism Society of America, Colorado Chapter, May 2001 – August 2006

Advisory CouncilAutism Society of Colorado, August 2006- Present

Reviewer, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, March 2003 - Present

Reviewer, Autism: An International Journal of Research and Practice, Oct. 2004 – Present

Member, International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), 2005 - Present

Board Member, The Children’s Hospital Medical Staff Board, Feb. 2008 – Present

Advisory Board Member, Project SEARCH, employment training program for young adults with disabilities, The Children’s Hospital, May 2008 - Present

Medical Advisory Group for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl), 2013 - Present

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Gabriels, R. Art therapy assessment of coping styles in severe asthmatics. The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 1988 Jul; 59-68.

Gabriels, R., Wamboldt, M., McCormik, D., Adams, T., & McTaggart, S. Children’s illness drawings and asthma symptom awareness. Journal of Asthma, 2000; 37 (7), 565-574.

Gabriels, R., Hill, D., Pierce, R., Rogers, S. J., & Wehner, B. Predictors of treatment outcome in children with autism. Autism: The International J. of Research and Practice, 2001; 5 (4), 407-429.

Unis, A. S., Munson, J. A., Rogers, S. J., Ed Goldson, E., Osterling, J., Gabriels, R., Abbott, R., and  Dawson, G. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of porcine versus synthetic secretin for reducing symptoms of autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2002; 41 (11).

Noland, R. and Gabriels, R. Screening and identifying children with autism spectrum disorders in the public school system: The development of a model process. J. of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2004; 34 (3) 265-277.

Gabriels, R.,Cuccaro, M. L., Hill, D. E., Ivers, B. and J., Goldson, E. Repetitive behaviors in autism: Relationships with associated clinical features. Research In Developmental Disabilities, 2004; 26 (2), 169-181.

Brinkley, J., Abramson, R.K., Hall, A., Wright, H.H., Gabriels, R., Gilbert, J.R., Pericak-Vance, M.A., and Cuccaro, M. Factor analysis of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. J. of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2007; 37 (10) 1949-59.

Gabriels, R., Ivers, BJ, Hill, DE, Agnew, JA & McNeill, J. Stability of adaptive behaviors in middle-school children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2007; (1) 291-303.

Gabriels, R., Agnew, J.A., Miller, L.J., Gralla, J., Pan, Z., Goldson, E., Ledbetter, J.C., Dinkins, J., and Hooks, E. Is there a relationship between restricted, repetitive, stereotyped behaviors and interests and abnormal sensory response in children with autism spectrum disorders? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2008; (2) 660-670.

Gabriels, R, Agnew, J.A., Holt, K.D., Shoffner, A., Zhaoxing, P., Ruzzano, S., Clayton, G.H., and Mesibov, G. Pilot study measuring the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on school-age children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2011; (6) 578-588.

Gabriels, R, Agnew, J.A., Beresford, C., Morrow, M., Mesibov, G., Wamboldt, M. Improving psychiatric hospital care for pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. Autism Research and Treatment: Special issue, “Identification and intervention of complex behavior problems in adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders", vol. 2012, Article ID 685053, 7 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/685053.

Gabriels, R., Agnew, J.A., Pan, Z., Holt, K.D., Reynolds, A., Laudenslager, M.L. Elevated repetitive behaviors are associated with lower diurnal salivary cortisol levels in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychology, 2013; (93), 262-268.

Grant Support: Mars - Waltham Foundation 

Study Status: January 2014-Future 
Co-PIs: Robin Gabriels, Psy.D & John Agnew, Ph.D
Consultant: Maggie O’Haire, Ph.D 
Project Aim: Piloting a coding measure of behavior change in children with autism spectrum disorders from pre- to post-therapeutic horseback riding.

Grant Support: Mars - Waltham Foundation
Study Status: January 2014-Future
Co-PIs: Robin Gabriels, Psy.D & John Agnew, Ph.D
Consultant: Maggie O’Haire, Ph.D
Project Aim: Piloting a coding measure of behavior change in children with autism spectrum disorders from pre- to post-therapeutic horseback riding.

Grant Support: The Simons Foundation and The Lurie Foundation
Study Status: Summer/2013-Future
Subcontract Co PI: Robin Gabriels, Psy.D.
Project Aim: 2 year, 6 site collaborative research project (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Inpatient Research Collaborative, ADDIRC) to phenotype at least 500 children with ASD in specialty psychiatric inpatient units across the U.S.

Grant Support: NINR/NIH 1 R01 NR012736-01     1.3 million award
Study Status: 10/10 – present (4-year project) 
PI:  Robin Gabriels, Psy.D.
Project Aim: Examining the Effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Grant Support: The Children’s Hospital Research Institute-70K Research Scholar award
Study Status: 4/09-present
PI: Robin Gabriels, Psy.D.
Project Aim:  Pilot study to measure the effectiveness of a picture schedule reinforcement book on improving physical exams with school-age children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Study Status: 12/09-present
PI: Robin Gabriels, Psy.D.
Project Aim: Retrospective chart review of the outcomes form a patient population admitted to an in-patient ASD and ID specialty psychiatric unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program.

Grant Support: Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center  5k award
Study Status: 9/06-Present 
PI: Robin L. Gabriels, Psy.D.
Project Aim: To explore the relationship between high versus low frequent/severe Repetitive behaviors in children (ages 6-11 years) diagnosed with an ASD compared with diurnal salivary cortisol levels.