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Susan L. Hepburn, PhD

Associate Professor

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Clinical/Research Interests:

Dr. Hepburn is interested in the assessment and treatment of autism in children and adolescents.

Pennsylvania State University  BS  1989

Vanderbilt University  MS  1996

Vanderbilt University  PhD  2000    

Autism Society of Colorado, 2001-Present  [Board Member (2001-2006), Professional Advisor (2007)]           

Collaborating Reviewer for American Journal on Mental Retardation, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism:  International Journal of Research and Practice, 2002-Present             

Colorado Delegate, Clinician Workgroup of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disability Research in Epidemiology (CADDRE) Network, Centers for Disease Control, 2002-Present        

Professional Advisor, Autism Task Force, Colorado Department of Education, 2003-Present       

Research Delegate, World Congress on Chromosomal Abnormalities, 2004                     

Member, NIH, Center for Scientific Review, Special Emphasis Panel on Developmental Disabilities, Communication and Science Education, 2004-Present                                      

Guest Reviewer for American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, Journal of Applied Research in Developmental Disabilities2005-Present             

Executive Committee Member, Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Treatment of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 2005-Present             

Pediatric Panel Member, Colorado Institutional Review Board, 2006-Present       

Israel Science Foundation Special Panel on Autism Intervention, 2007                           

Member, NIH, CSR, Special Emphasis Panel on Cognition and Perception, 2007-Present             

Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of the Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health2007-Present             

Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer, NIH, CSR, Panel on Interventions for Children and Families, 2008-Present             

Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer, NIH/CSR, ARRA Combating Autism Act, 2009                           

Postdoctoral Research Faculty, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, 2009-Present

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1.  Hepburn, S.L. (2003).  Clinical implications of temperament in young children with developmental disabilities.  Infants and Young Children16, 59-76.

2.  Reaven, J. & Hepburn, S.L. (2003).  Cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a child with Asperger syndrome:  A Case report.  Autism, 7(2), 145-165.

3.  Rogers, S.J., Hepburn, S.L., & Wehner, E. (2003).  Parent reports of sensory symptoms in toddlers with autism and those with other developmental disorders.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33(6), 631-642. 

4.  Luyster, R., Richler, J. Risi, S., Hsu, W., Dawson, G., Bernier, R., Dunn, M., Hyman, S.L., McMahon, W.M., Goudie, J., Minshew, N., Rogers, S., Hepburn, S., Sigman, M., Spence, M.A., Tager-Flusberg, H., Volkmar, F., & Lord, C. (2005).  Early regression in social communication in autism spectrum disorders:  A CPEA study.  Developmental Neuropsychology, 27(3), 311-336.

5.  Hepburn, S.L. & Stone, W.L. (2006).  Brief Report:  Using the Behavioral Style Questionnaire to assess temperament in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(5), 637-642.

6.  Richler, J., Luyster, R., Risi, S., Hsu, W., Dawson, G., Bernier, R., Dunn, M., Hyman, S.L., McMahon, W.M., Goudie, J., Minshew, N., Rogers, S., Hepburn, S., Sigman, M., Spence, M.A., Tager-Flusberg, H., Volkmar, F., & Lord, C. (2006).  Is there a regressive phenotype of autism spectrum disorder associated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine?  A CPEA Study.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(3), 229-316.

7.  Molloy, C.A., Morrow, A.L., Meinzen-Derr, J., Dawson, G., Bernier, R., Dunn, M., McMahon, W.M., Goudie-Nice, J., Hepburn, S., et al. (2006). Familial Autoimmune Thyroid Disease as a Risk Factor for Regression in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A CPEA Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(3), 317-324.

8.  Peterson, E., Schmidt, G., Tregallas, D., Winterrowd, E., Kopelioff, L., Hepburn, S., Reite, M., & Rojas, D. (2006).  A voxel-based morphometry study of gray matter in parents of children with autism.  Neuroreport, 17(12), 1289-1292.

9.  Hepburn, S., Philofsky, A., Fidler, D., & Rogers, S. (2008).  Autism symptoms in toddlers with Down Syndrome: A descriptive study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21(1), 48-57.

10.  Hepburn, S.L., DiGuiseppi, C., Rosenberg, S., Kaparich, K., Robinson, C., & Miller, L. (2008).  Use of a teacher nomination strategy to screen for autism spectrum disorders in general education classrooms. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(2), 373-382.

11.  Gotham, K., Risi, S., Dawson, G., Tager-Flusberg, H., Joseph, R., Carter, A., Hepburn, S., McMahon, W., Rodier, P., Hyman, S.L., Sigman, M., Rogers, S., Landa, R., Spence, M.A., Osann, K., Flodman, P., Volkmar, F., Hollander, E., Buxbaum, J., Pickles, A., Lord, C. (2008).  A replication of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) revised algorithms.  Journal of the American Academy of Childand Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(6), 642-651.

12.  Bealle, P.M., Moody, E.J., McIntosh, D.N., Reed, C.L, & Hepburn, S. (2008).  Rapid facial  reactions to emotional facial expressions in typically developing children and children with ASD. Journal ofExperimental Child Psychology. Special Issue on Autism & Imitation, 101(3), 206-223. 

13. Hepburn, S.L. & MacLean, W. (Invited Paper, 2009).  Maladaptive and repetitive behaviors in children with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders:  Implications for screening.  Journal of Mental Health in Developmental Disorders, Special Issue on Genetic Mental Retardation Syndromes, 2(2), 1-29.

Ongoing Grants and Contracts (Selected) 

Health Resources and Services Administration - 1 R40MC15593-01-00, Susan Hepburn (PI), 09/01/09-8/31/11, $793, 000 Award                                            

Tele-health Delivery of a Family-Focused Intervention to Reduce Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Rural Colorado.   Role:  PI.


NIH - 1 R21MH089291-01, Judy Reaven (PI), 9/30/09-8/31/11, $424,472 Award                                             

Training Outpatients Clinicians to Deliver Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Children.  Role:  Co-PI. 


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows - K32MH081409-01A1, Eric Moody  & Susan Hepburn (PI), 7/01/08-6/30/11, $145,300 Award                     

Emotional mimicry in autism.  Role:  Faculty Sponsor/PI.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - U90/CCU816827-02, Lisa Miller and Corry Robinson (PI), 9/30/06–9/29/11, $3,095,500 Award                                          

Alliance for Research in Child Health and Epidemiology State Autism Monitoring Project; Colorado Centers for Excellence in Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.  Role:  Co-PI, Supervising Site Clinician, Member Clinician Workgroup & Behavioral Phenotype Workgroup. 


Health Resources and Services Administration - 1 T73 MC11044-01-00, Cordelia Robinson (PI), 9/01/08-8/31/11, $2,400,000 Award                                          

Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental And Related Disorders Training Program (LEND).  Role:  Co-Investigator and Autism Courses Director.  


NIH/NIMH - 1R01 MH082820, Donald Rojas (PI), 12/01/09-11/30/13, $915,773 Award

Neural Synchrony Dysfunction of Gamma Oscillations in Autism.  Role:  Co-Investigator.


Autism Speaks - ATN-CRT-07-00, Cordelia Robinson (PI), 1/28/08-12/31/10, $162,400                                                        

Autism Treatment Network:  Cooperative Multi-Center Program for Comprehensive Care and Treatment of Autism.  Role:  Co-Investigator, Supervising Site Clinician, Member Behavioral Sciences Workgroup.


Autism Speaks - #2958, Judy Reaven & Susan Hepburn (PI), 7/01/08-6/30/10, $162,000 Award                     

Cognitive-behavioral group treatment of anxiety symptoms in adolescents with autism.  Role:  PI for Research. (Dr. Reaven is PI for Clinical Program).


Clinical Contract:  School Consultation:  Supporting Students with Autism.  Littleton Public Schools.  2000–Present (9 continuous school years); $12,000 - 18,000/year.


Technical Assistance Contract/Statewide Professional Development:  Educational Identification of Autism. Colorado Department of Education. 2003–Present (6 continuous years):  $6000 – 12,000/year.


Autism Speaks, Lisa Wilson (Mentors: Rojas & Hepburn), 9/01/09-8/31/10. $45,000                                                           

Weatherstone Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Role:  Clinical Mentor                                                              


Completed Grants and Contracts (Selected)

NICHD/CPEA Network - #5-R01-HD35468-10, Susan Hepburn (PI of Colorado Site), 09/01/02-31/07, $1,245,322 Award

Longitudinal Study of the Developing Phenotype of Autism. Role:  Site PI of multi-site study.


Association of University Centers on Disability - #RTOI2005-1/2-416, Cordelia Robinson & Susan Hepburn (PIs), 10/01/05-9/31/07, $599,460 Award

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Individuals with Down Syndrome.  Role:  Joint PI.


March of Dimes - #12-FY03-47, Susan Hepburn (PI), 09/01/03-08/31/06, $183,457 Award

Early Emerging Williams Syndrome Behavioral Phenotype:  Implications for Early Intervention


Cure Autism Now - PN200511-081, Judy Reaven (PI) and Susan Hepburn (PI), 4/28/06–4/28/09, $180,000

Cognitive-behavioral group treatment of social anxiety in children with high-functioning autism:  A Randomized trial.  Role:  PI for Research.  Dr. Reaven is PI for Clinical Program.


Autism Speaks - PN:0702-101, Donald Rojas (PI), 9/01/07-8/31/09, $185,000 

Gamma-band synchronization as a local connectivity endophenotype in autism.  Role:  Co-Investigator.


Organization for Autism Research - # PN200708-008, Audrey Blakeley-Smith (PI), 1/01/08-12/31/11, $88,000 Award 

Peer-mediated intervention for students with autism spectrum disorders.  Role: Co-Investigator.


T32, Lisa Wilson (Mentors: Rojas & Hepburn), 9/01/08-8/31/09, $31,000 Award

CCTSI Clinical Translational Traineeship.  Role:  Clinical Mentor.  


Clinical Contract:  School Consultation:  Supporting Students with Autism and Significant Cognitive Impairments.  Aurora Public Schools.  2005-2008:  $3000 – 14,000/year.