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Julie Ann Rusyniak, MS

Julie Ann Rusyniak, MS

Abstractor/Clinician Specialist
Department of Epidemiology
  • 116 SouthMerrit Mill Road
  • CB #8126
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • USA

Ms. Rusyniak has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2002.

Research Activities

Ms. Rusyniak’s research activities have entailed the coordination of NIH-funded studies focused on early detection of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities and relational awareness in children with autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome. In addition, she has overseen studies related to the efficacy of a teacher training model focused on evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Key Publications

The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED): A Multisite Epidemiologic Study of Autism by the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) Network. Diana E. Schendel, Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Lisa A. Croen, M. Daniele Fallin, Philip L. Reed, Laura A. Schieve, Lisa D. Wiggins, Julie Daniels, Judith Grether, Susan E. Levy, Lisa Miller, Craig Newschaffer, Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Cordelia Robinson, Gayle C. Windham, Aimee Alexander, Arthur S. Aylsworth, Pilar Bernal, Joseph D. Bonner, Lisa Blaskey, Chyrise Bradley, Jack Collins, Casara J. Ferretti, Homayoon Farzadegan, Ellen Giarelli, Marques Harvey, Susan Hepburn, Matthew Herr, Kristina Kaparich, Rebecca Landa, Li-Ching Lee, Brooke Levenseller, Stacey Meyerer, Mohammad H. Rahbar, Andria Ratchford, Ann Reynolds, Steven Rosenberg, Julie Rusyniak, Stuart K. Shapira, Karen Smith, Margaret Souders, Patrick Aaron Thompson, Lisa Young, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp (2012). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(10), 2121-2140.

Performance of the Social Communication Questionnaire in Children Receiving Preschool Special Education Services. Lee, L-C., David, A. B., Rusyniak, J., Landa, R., & Newschaffer, C. J. (2007). Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 1(2), 126-138.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Study Clinician: As part of the Study to Explore Early Development, conduct assessments with children who have an autism spectrum disorder, children who have other developmental disabilities and children without developmental disabilities. In addition, conduct standardized caregiver assessments/interviews with the children’s parents.

Clinician Reviewer:
Systematically apply standardized case definitions for autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability to developmental data to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability in central N.C.

Review and abstract data to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability in central N.C.


MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, San Francisco State University, 1991

BA, Art Therapy, Seton Hill College, 1985

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