Fred R. Volkmar

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Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychologist, and former director of the Yale Child Study Center. He is the Irving B. Harris professor of child psychiatry, pediatrics, and psychology at the Yale School of Medicine and the head of child psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

Volkmar was raised in Sorento, Illinois.[2] He obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1972, and his M.D. and an M.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1976.[1]



Volkmar was a resident and fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine,[1] joining Yale as a fellow in 1980.[3] He became a professor at Yale in 1982.[3] He was board certified in psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1988.[1]


Volkmar was appointed director of the Yale Child Study Center in 2006[3] and served until 2014.[4] He is the editor of Springer Publishing since 2007,[1] and serves as editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.[1]

Recognition and other achievements[edit]

While an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, Volkmar received the Psi Chi national prize for research.[2]

Volkmar received the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 1997 and, in 2007, the George Tarjan Award for Research in Developmental Disabilities from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.[1]

Volkmar was the lead author of the section on autism in the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Fred R Volkmar, MD". Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Peterson D (Fall 2009). "Fred Volkmar: Autistic expressions". LAS News. University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Expert on autism is named new director of Child Study Center" (Press release). July–August 2006. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Medical Staff Recognition" (PDF). I Am Yale-New Haven. Yale-New Haven Hospital. December 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.