Sally Rogers, a professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the UC Davis MIND Institute, received the 2019 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award May 15 at the annual UC Davis School of Medicine Graduation Awards and Dinner.
Rogers is best known for the co-creation of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a behavioral therapy for children with autism between the ages of 12-48 months. The now widely-used practice was named among the top 10 medical breakthroughs by Time magazine in 2012.
“This comprehensive approach to early behavioral treatment for autism earned more evidence of efficacy than any other treatment,” said Leonard Abbeduto, UC Davis MIND Institute director and Rogers’ nominator. “Dr. Rogers has trained hundreds of professionals in dozens of countries around the world on how to deliver ESDM. They’re now able to offer help and hope to thousands of families and communities around the globe.”
The School of Medicine created the Hibbard Williams Award to honor exceptional contributions by faculty, academic staff and administrators that do not clearly fall into the categories of teaching or research. The award is intended to recognize a broad range of accomplishments such as public service or lifetime achievement that brings distinction to the university.
“Dr. Rogers has made extraordinary contributions that deepen our understanding and treatment of children and families affected by autism,” said Abbeduto. “Her research, service to our profession and the community, and mentorship are invaluable to the next generation of scientists and clinical providers.”