Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.

Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.


Child Psychology


  • Endowed Professor of Research in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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UC Davis MIND Institute

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Ozonoff is a licensed clinical psychologist who works clinically 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 very young children with autism. She is studying the onset of autism in a prospective investigation that follows high-risk infants from birth through age 3.

She is also developing an innovative autism screening instrument that uses video examples rather than written descriptions of behavior. Other research interests include early diagnosis of ADHD and prediction of later psychopathology from infant measures.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute


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

B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1983

Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill NC 1990-1991

Board Certifications

State of California Licensed Psychologist, 2002

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

International Society for Autism Research

Society for Research in Child Development

Honors and Awards

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

Select Recent Publications

Miller M, Iosif AM, Young GS, Hill M, Phelps Hanzel E, Hutman T, Johnson S, Ozonoff S. School-age outcomes of infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder. Autism Res. 2016 Jun;9(6):632-42.

Zwaigenbaum L, Young GS, Stone WL, Dobkins K, Ozonoff S, Brian J, Bryson SE, Carver LJ, Hutman T, Iverson JM, Landa RJ, Messinger D. Early head growth in infants at risk of autism: a baby siblings research consortium study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Oct;53(10):1053-62.

Messinger, D., Stone, W.L., Zwaigenbaum, & Iosif, A.M. Diagnostic stability in young children at risk for autism spectrum disorder: A baby siblings research consortium study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2015;56, 988-998. 

Ozonoff, S., Young, G.S., Belding, A., Hill, M., Hill, A., Hutman, T., Johnson, S., Miller, M., Rogers, S.J., Schwichtenberg, A.J., Steinfeld, M., & Iosif, A. The broader autism phenotype in infancy: When does it emerge? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014;53, 398-407.

Shen, M.D., Nordahl, C.W., Young, G.S., Wootton-Gorges, S.L., Lee, A., Liston, S.E., Harrington, K., Ozonoff, S., & Amaral, D.G. Early brain enlargement and extra-axial fluid in infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Brain. 2013;136, 2825-2835.