Robin L. Hansen, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Robin L. Hansen, M.D.

Professor Emerita, Division of Clinical Pediatrics

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Pediatric Child Development & Behavior



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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinical Interests

Robin Hansen, MD, has been on the Pediatrics faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine since 1985. She is one of the founding faculty of the UCDavis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute and the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) as well as of the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship program, one of 14 in the US funded by HRSA /Maternal Child Health Bureau. She is a board-certified developmental behavioral pediatrician with vast experience in treating children with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as in clinical research and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by developmental disabilities.



Child Development and Behavior

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 1973

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis CA 1977


Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland CA 1977-1978


Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland CA 1978-1979


Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver CO 1979-1981

Governors Appointee, CA State Council for Developmental Disabilities (2009-2021), 2021

President Elect/President, Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 2007, 2008, 2009

Associate Member of the American Board of Pediatrics; member of the Sub-board of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Outstanding Mentor Award, UC Davis Consortium for Women in Research, 2006

Distinguished Alumnus Award, UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association, 1992

Schmidt RJ, Niu Q, Eyles DW, Hansen RL, Iosif AM. Neonatal vitamin D status in relation to autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay in the CHARGE case-control study. Autism Res. 2019 Jun;12(6):976-988. doi:10.1002/aur.2118. Epub 2019 May 16. PMID:31094097.

Goodrich AJ, Volk HE, Tancredi DJ, McConnell R, Lurmann FW, Hansen RL, Schmidt RJ. Joint effects of prenatal air pollutant exposure and maternal folic acid supplementation on risk of autism spectrum disorder. Autism Res. 2018 Jan;11(1):69-80. doi:10.1002/aur.1885. Epub 2017 Nov 9. PMID:29120534.

Rose DR, Yang H, Serena G, Sturgeon C, Ma B, Careaga M, Hughes HK, Angkustsiri K, Rose M, Hertz-Picciotto I, Van de Water J, Hansen RL, Ravel J, Fasano A, Ashwood P. Differential immune responses and microbiota profiles in children with autism spectrum disorders and co-morbid gastrointestinal symptoms. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 May;70:354-368. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2018.03.025. Epub 2018 Mar 20. PMID:29571898.

Schmidt RJ, Kogan V, Shelton JF, Delwiche L, Hansen RL, Ozonoff S, Ma CC, McCanlies EC, Bennett DH, Hertz-Picciotto I, Tancredi DJ, Volk HE. Combined Prenatal Pesticide Exposure and Folic Acid Intake in Relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Sep 8;125(9):097007. doi:10.1289/EHP604. PMID:28934093.

Hansen RL, Blum NJ, Gaham A, Shults J; DBPNet Steering Committee. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians in Academic Centers: A DBPNet Study. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb;137 Suppl 2:S79-89. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-2851F. PMID:26908481.

Walker CK, Krakowiak P, Baker A, Hansen RL, Ozonoff S, Hertz-Picciotto I. Preeclampsia, placental insufficiency, and autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Feb;169(2):154-62. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2645. PMID:25485869.

Krakowiak P, Walker CK, Bremer AA, Baker AS, Ozonoff S, Hansen RL, Hertz-Picciotto I. Maternal metabolic conditions and risk for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Pediatrics. 2012 May;129(5):e1121-8. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-2583. Epub 2012 Apr 9. PMID:22492772.

Akins RS, Krakowiak P, Angkustsiri K, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hansen RL. Utilization patterns of conventional and complementary/alternative treatments in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities in a population-based study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Jan;35(1):1-10. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000013. PMID:24399100.

Braunschweig D, Krakowiak P, Duncanson P, Boyce R, Hansen RL, Ashwood P, Hertz-Picciotto I, Pessah, IN, Van de Water J. Autism-specific maternal autoantibodies recognize critical proteins in developing brain. Translational Psychiatry. 2013 jul 9;3:e277. doi:10.1038/tp.2013.

Krakowiak P, Walker CK, Bremer AA, Baker AS, Ozonoff S, Hansen RL, Hertz-Picciotto I. Maternal metabolic conditions and risk for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Pediatrics. 2012 May;129(5):e1121-8. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-2583. Epub 2012 Apr 9. PMID:22492772.