Alice Kau, Ph.D.

Program Director

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Alice Kau, Ph.D., joined the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Branch as a program director in June 2003. Dr. Kau is responsible for activities in the branch’s Biobehavioral Research Program. She also serves as a key member of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and behavioral science research communities on behalf of the branch, and assists in formulating and planning activities of these programs. 

Dr. Kau received her doctorate degree in developmental psychology from Ohio State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to the NICHD, Dr. Kau was an assistant professor/psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University. In her clinical practice, she was involved in the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention/treatment of children with IDDs with and without other co-morbid conditions, such as ASD, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder. She was a member of the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Autism Research Program. Dr. Kau also serves as the NICHD representative for the NIH Autism Coordinating Committee. She has received numerous awards, including NIH Director’s Group Award for "Scientific and Programmatic Contributions to Research on Autism."  

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