Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.




Autism Spectrum Disorder

Locations and Contact

UC Davis MIND Institute

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

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ozonoff is a licensed clinical psychologist who works  with individuals on the autism spectrum. Her specialty is in early diagnosis in the infant and toddler years.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Ozonoff's research focuses on early identification of autism spectrum disorder. Current projects include studies of symptom onset, community screening using novel methods, artificial intelligence approaches to automated detection of symptoms from video, and tele-diagnostic methods.


Clinical Psychologist

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1983

Medical School

Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver CO 1991


Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill NC 1990-1991

Fellow, International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), 2021

Highly Cited Researchers List [top 1% in field],, 2018

John Welsh Award, University of California San Diego, 2015

Program Chair, International Meeting for Autism Research, 2015

Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Lectureship Award,

Rosenberry Award for Innovative Research and Clinical Vision, Denver Children’s Hospital, 2010

Joint Editor, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2009

Advisor, DSM-5 Working Group on Autism Spectrum Disorders, American Psychiatric Association, 2008

Member, NIH CPDD Study Section, 2002

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Mental Health of Utah Children, Children’s Mental Health Institute, 2001

Distinguished Service to Children and Families Award, Utah Association of School Psychologists, 2001

Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1983

Complete List of Published Work in PubMed:

Miller M, Sun S, Iosif AM, Young GS, Belding A, Tubbs A, Ozonoff S. Repetitive behavior with objects in infants developing autism predicts diagnosis and later social behavior as early as 9 months. J Abnorm Psychol. 2021 Aug;130(6):665-675. doi:10.1037/abn0000692. PMID:34553961.

Gangi DN, Boterberg S, Schwichtenberg AJ, Solis E, Young GS, Iosif AM, Ozonoff S. Declining Gaze to Faces in Infants Developing Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence From Two Independent Cohorts. Child Dev. 2021 May;92(3):e285-e295. doi:10.1111/cdev.13471. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID:33615438.

Miller M, Austin S, Iosif AM, de la Paz L, Chuang A, Hatch B, Ozonoff S. Shared and distinct developmental pathways to ASD and ADHD phenotypes among infants at familial risk. Dev Psychopathol. 2020 Oct;32(4):1323-1334. doi:10.1017/S0954579420000735. PMID:32933597.

Young GS, Constantino JN, Dvorak S, Belding A, Gangi D, Hill A, Hill M, Miller M, Parikh C, Schwichtenberg AJ, Solis E, Ozonoff S. A video-based measure to identify autism risk in infancy. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;61(1):88-94. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13105. Epub 2019 Aug 1. PMID:31369150.

Ozonoff S, Iosif AM. Changing conceptualizations of regression: What prospective studies reveal about the onset of autism spectrum disorder. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019 May;100:296-304. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.012. Epub 2019 Mar 15. PMID:30885812.

Shen MD, Nordahl CW, Li DD, Lee A, Angkustsiri K, Emerson RW, Rogers SJ, Ozonoff S, Amaral DG. Extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid in high-risk and normal-risk children with autism aged 2-4 years: a case-control study. Lancet Psychiatry. 2018 Nov;5(11):895-904. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30294-3. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID:30270033.

Ozonoff S, Young GS, Brian J, Charman T, Shephard E, Solish A, Zwaigenbaum L. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder After Age 5 in Children Evaluated Longitudinally Since Infancy. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Nov;57(11):849-857.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2018.06.022. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PMID:30392626.

Ozonoff S, Young GS, Carter A, Messinger D, Yirmiya N, Zwaigenbaum L, Bryson S, Carver LJ, Constantino JN, Dobkins K, Hutman T, Iverson JM, Landa R, Rogers SJ, Sigman M, Stone WL. Recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders: a Baby Siblings Research Consortium study. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;128(3):e488-95. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-2825. Epub 2011 Aug 15. PMID 21844053.

Ozonoff S, Young GS, Landa RJ, Brian J, Bryson S, Charman T, Chawarska K, Macari SL, Messinger D, Stone WL, Zwaigenbaum L, Iosif AM. Diagnostic stability in young children at risk for autism spectrum disorder: a baby siblings research consortium study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;56(9):988-98. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12421. Epub 2015 Apr 29. PMID:25921776.