Robert T. Schultz, PhD

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Robert T. Schultz, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the RAC Endowed Professor in Pediatrics.

Areas of Expertise: Autism spectrum disorder research
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT


Cognitive Neuroscience - Yale University (Child Study Center, Radiology and Neurobiology), New Haven, CT

Graduate Degree

PhD in Clinical Psychology - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Regional Autism Center Endowed Chair

R.A.C. Endowed Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Chevallier C, Kohls G, Troiani V, Brodkin ES, Schultz RT. The social motivation theory of autism. Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Apr;16(4):231-9. Epub 2012 Mar 17. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22425667.

Kohls G, Schulte-Rüther M, Nehrkorn B, Müller K, Fink GR, Kamp-Becker I, et al. Reward system dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. Epub 2012 Apr 11. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22419119.

Wolff JJ, Gu H, Gerig G, Elison JT, Styner M, Gouttard S, et al. Differences in white matter fiber tract development present From 6 to 24 months in infants with autism. Am J Psychiatry. Epub 2012 Feb 17. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22362397.

Bloy L, Ingalhalikar M, Eavani H, Schultz RT, Roberts TP, Verma R. White matter atlas generation using HARDI based automated parcellation. Neuroimage. 2012 Feb 15;59(4):4055-63. Epub 2011 Aug 26. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21893205.


Eigsti IM, Schuh J, Mencl E, Schultz RT, Paul R. The neural underpinnings of prosody in autism. Child Neuropsychol. Epub 2011 Dec 19. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22176162.

Herrington JD, Nymberg C, Schultz RT. Biological motion task performance predicts superior temporal sulcus activity. Brain Cogn. 2011 Dec;77(3):372-81. Epub 2011 Oct 22. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22024246.

Bloy L, Ingalhalikar M, Eavani H, Roberts TP, Schultz RT, Verma R. HARDI based pattern classifiers for the identification of white matter pathologies. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2011;14(Pt 2):234-41. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC3201760.

Cheon KA, Kim YS, Oh SH, Park SY, Yoon HW, Herrington J, et al. Involvement of the anterior thalamic radiation in boys with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: a Diffusion Tensor Imaging study. Brain Res. 2011 Oct 12;1417:77-86. Epub 2011 Aug 16. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21890117.

McPartland JC, Wu J, Bailey CA, Mayes LC, Schultz RT, Klin A. Atypical neural specialization for social percepts in autism spectrum disorder. Soc Neurosci. 2011;6(5-6):436-51. Epub 2011 Jul 22. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21777159.

Coutanche MN, Thompson-Schill SL, Schultz RT. Multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data predicts clinical symptom severity. Neuroimage. 2011 Jul 1;57(1):113-23. Epub 2011 Apr 13. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21513803.

Herrington JD, Taylor JM, Grupe DW, Curby KM, Schultz RT. Bidirectional communication between amygdala and fusiform gyrus during facial recognition. Neuroimage. 2011 Jun 15;56(4):2348-55. Epub 2011 Apr 8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21497657.

Bloch MH, Sukhodolsky DG, Dombrowski PA, Panza KE, Craiglow BG, Landeros-Weisenberger A, et al. Poor fine-motor and visuospatial skills predict persistence of pediatric-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder into adulthood. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Sep;52(9):974-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02366.x. Epub 2011 Jan 19. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21244423.

Tsatsanis KD, Noens IL, Illmann CL, Pauls DL, Volkmar FR, Schultz RT, Klin A. Managing complexity: impact of organization and processing style on nonverbal memory in autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Feb;41(2):135-47. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21128108.


Motlagh MG, Sukhodolsky DG, Landeros-Weisenberger A, Katsovich L, Thompson N, Scahill L, King RA, Peterson BS, Schultz RT, Leckman JF. Adverse Effects of Heavy Prenatal Maternal Smoking on Attentional Control in Children With ADHD. J Atten Disord. 2010 Jul 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Sukhodolsky DG, Landeros-Weisenberger A, Scahill L, Leckman JF, Schultz RT. Neuropsychological functioning in children with Tourette Syndrome with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Nov;49(11):1155-64.

Assaf M, Jagannathan K, Calhoun VD, Miller L, Stevens MC, Sahl R, O'Boyle JG, Schultz RT, Pearlson GD. Abnormal Functional Connectivity of Default Mode Sub-Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients. Neuroimage. 2010 Oct 15;53(1):247-56. Epub 2010 Jun 2.

Tanaka JW, Wolf JM, Klaiman C, Koenig K, Cockburn J, Herlihy L, Brown C, Stahl S, Kaiser MD, Schultz RT. Using computerized games to teach face recognition skills to children with autism spectrum disorder: The Let's Face It! program. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010 Aug;51(8):944-52.

New JJ, Schultz RT, Wolf J, Niehaus JL, Klin A, German TC, Scholl BJ. The scope of social attention deficits in autism: Prioritized orienting to people and animals in static natural scenes. Neuropsychologia. 2010 Jan;48(1):51-9.



Berry L, Pandey J, Klaiman C, Koenig K, Wolf J, Schultz RT. Face recognition abilities in children with ASD, their unaffected siblings and parents [abstract]. 9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Curby KM, Riley M, Grupe DW, Hunyadi ET, Schultz RT. Abnormal fusiform gyrus response to low but not high spatial frequency face information in autism [abstract].9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Nair A, Sasson N, Paterson S, Letzen J, Schultz RT. Circumscribed attention and social salience in infants at risk for developing ASD [abstract]. 9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Troiani V, Hunyadi E, Riley M, Herrington JD, Schultz RT. Subcortical visual network for face processing: implications for autism [abstract]. 9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Troyb E, Tyson K, Rosenthal M, Herlihy L, Helt M, Orinstein A, et al. Academic functioning in children with ASDs who have achieved optimal outcomes [abstract]. 9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Helt M, Dumont-Mathieu T, Eigstig IM, Barton M, Troyb E, Tyson KE, et al. Differences in early symptom presentation between children with a history of autism who achieve an “optimal outcome,” and children with persisting autism [abstract].9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Herrington JD, Grupe DW,  Hunyadi ET, Shin CS, Foss AH, Taylor JM, Schultz RT. Fusiform gyrus and face processing: intrasubject stability, hemispheric asymmetry, and effective connectivity [abstract].9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Orinstein A, Tyson KE, Troyb E, Rosenthal MA, Helt MS, Eigsti IM, et al. Sensory reactions in optimal outcome children with a history of autism spectrum disorders. 9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Tyson KE, Troyb E, Rosenthal MA, Helt MS, Eigsti IM, Barton M, et al. Psychiatric symptoms and comorbidities in children with a history of autism who achieve An “optimal outcome [abstract].9th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research; 2010 May 20-22; Philadelphia, PA.

Posters and Presentations


Schultz RT. Dimensional approaches to diagnosis [presentation]. Autism Speaks International Epidemiology Network meeting on “Meeting the global challenge of screening and diagnosis of ASD";  2010; Philadelphia, PA

Schultz RT. Social difficulties in the autism spectrum disorders: a research progress report on brain, behavior and genetic foundations [presentation]. University of Florida and Wolfson Children’s Hospital; 2010; Jacksonville, FL.

Schultz RT. Is fMRI helping illuminate the nature of autism spectrum disorders? [presentation].  Hastings Institute and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania; 2010; Philadelphia, PA.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

Ad Hoc Reviewer 

Archives of General Psychiatry
Nature Neuroscience
Journal of Neuroscience

Associate editor

Autism Research

Academic and institutional committees

Child Development Scientific Review Committee, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine