Benjamin E. Yerys, PhD

Benjamin E. Yerys, PhD

Benjamin E. Yerys, PhD, is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Internship

Clinical Psychology - University of California, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

T-32 Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center Post-Doctoral Fellow, Children’s Research Institute, Center for Neuroscience Research and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Graduate Degree

PhD in Clinical Child Psychology - University of Denver, Denver, CO
MA in Clinical Child Psychology - University of Denver, Denver, CO

Titles and Academic Titles

Psychologist

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2013

Supekar K, Uddin LQ, Khouzam A, Phillips J, Gaillard WD, Kenworthy LE, Yerys BE, Vaidya CJ, Menon V. Brain hyperconnectivity in children with autism and its links to social deficits. Cell Rep. 2013 Nov 14;5(3):738-47.

Kenworthy L, Yerys BE, Weinblatt R, Abrams DN, Wallace GL. Motor demands impact speed of information processing in autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychology. 2013 Sep;27(5):529-36. Epub 2013 Aug 12.

Yerys BE, Kenworthy L, Jankowski KF, Strang J, Wallace GL. Separate components of emotional Go/No-Go relate to autism versus attention symptoms in children with autism. Neuropsychology. 2013 Sep;27(5):537-45. Epub 2013 Aug 12.

Smithson PE, Kenworthy L, Wills MC, Jarrett M, Atmore K, Yerys BE. Real world executive control impairments in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Aug;43(8):1967-75.

Anthony LG, Kenworthy L, Yerys BE, Jankowski KF, James JD, Harms MB, Martin A, Wallace, GL. Interests in high-functioning autism are more intense, interfering, and idiosyncratic than those in neurotypical development. Dev Psychopathol. Aug;25(3):643-652.

Yerys BE, Ruiz E, Strang J, Sokoloff J, Kenworthy L, Vaidya CJ. Modulation of attentional blink with emotional faces in typical development and in autism spectrum disorders. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2013 Jun;54(6):636-43. Epub 2012 Nov 26.

Rosenthal M, Wallace GL, Lawson R, Wills MC, Dixon E, Yerys BE, Kenworthy L. Impairments in real-world executive function increase from childhood to adolescence in autism spectrum disorders. Neuropsychology. 2013 Jan;27(1):13-8.

Bal E, Yerys BE, Sokoloff JL, Celano MJ, Kenworthy L, Giedd JN, Wallace GL. Do Social Attribution Skills Improve with Age in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders? Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2013;7(1):9-16. Epub 2012 Aug 13.

2012

Chatham CH, Yerys BE, Munakata Y. Why won't you do what I want? The informative failures of children and models. Cogn Dev. 2012 Oct 1;27(4):349-366.

Yerys BE, Wolff BC, Moody E, Pennington BF, Hepburn SL. Brief Report: impaired Flexible Item Selection Task (FIST) in school-age children with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Sep;42(9):2013-20.

Abstracts

2013

Granader Y, Hardy K, Yerys BE, Wallace GL, Lawson R, Rosenthal M, Wills M, Dixon E, Pandey J, Thompson R, Schultz RT, Kenworthy L. “The pervasiveness of cognitive flexibility in children with autism spectrum disorders.” 11th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuroscience Conference in Chicago, IL

Bal E, Yerys BE, Luong-Tran C, Eisenberg I, Sharber AC, Robustelli B, Kenworthy L, Wallace GL. “Do ADHD symptoms and callous-unemotional traits predict internalizing and externalizing symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorders?” 5th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy in Washington, DC

Bal E, Yerys BE, Luong-Tran C, Eisenberg I, Sharber AC, Robustelli B, Kenworthy L, Wallace GL. “Predictors of co-morbid psychopathology in high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder: A parent’s perspective.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain

Granader Y, Yerys BE, Wallace GL, Lawson R, Rosenthal M, Wills M, Dixon E, Anthony LG, Pandey J, Thompson R, Schultz RT, Kenworthy L. “The factor structure of the behavior rating inventory of executive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders replicates the normative sample.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain

2012

Sharber AC, Kenworthy L, Strang J, Abrams DN, Devaney JM, Yerys B. “Relationship between the CNTNAP2 gene variant and cognitive and behavioral flexibility in children with autism spectrum disorders.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Toronto, Canada

Kenworthy L, Yerys B, Rosenthal MA, Sokoloff JL, Wallace GL, Anthony LG. “New parent report measure of cognitive inflexibility and related symptoms in high functioning ASD.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Toronto, Canada

Rosenthal MA, Wallace GL, Lawson R, Wills MC, Yerys B, Martin A, Kenworthy L. “Impairments in real world executive function increase from childhood to adolescence in autism spectrum disorders.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Toronto, Canada

Bal E, Yerys B, Sokoloff JL, Celano M, Kenworthy L, Giedd J, Wallace GL. “Social attribution to ‘triangles playing tricks’ is diminished and improves less with age in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Toronto, Canada

Yerys B, Abrams DN, Gordon EM, Weinblatt R, Jankowski KF, Strang JF, Kenworthy L, Schultz RT, Vaidya CJ, Gaillard WD. “Increased connectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders: Evidence consistent with poor network segregation.” Annual meeting for the International Society for Autism Research in Toronto, Canada

Books

Chapters

2005

Willcutt EG, Brodsky K, Chhabildas N, Shanahan M, Yerys B, Pennington BF. “The neuropsychology of ADHD: Validity of the executive function hypothesis." In Gozal D, Moflese DL (Eds.) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: From Genes to Patients. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ. Chapter 9, 2005, pp. 185-213.

Posters and Presentations

2013

"Brain and Cognitive Sciences Brown Bag Seminar," Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (November 18, 2013)

“Co-occurring ADHD in Autism Spectrum Disorders”, Autism Institute of Gwynedd-Mercy College 6th Annual Conference, East Norriton, PA (April 13, 2013)

2012

“Genetics and Autism: Lessons and Treatment Implications”, Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference, Lancaster, PA (June 13, 2012)

“Neuroimaging in Autism Spectrum Disorders” Mid-Atlantic Consortium Meeting of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders Research Centers, Baltimore, MD, (June 6, 2012)

Awards and Honors

2010 Travel Fellowship Award, Semel Institute – University of California - Los Angeles hosts an invited summer workshop – “Advanced Functional Neuroimaging”
2008 Travel Fellowship Award, Carnegie Symposium on Cognition: “Development and Brain Systems in Autism” Pittsburgh, PA
2003 Travel Fellowship Award, Merck Biology of Developmental Disabilities Summer Institute
1999 Colorado Outstanding Graduate Student Award
1998 A.B. Cum Laude, Washington University

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

Ad-hoc reviewer

2012-present, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
2011-present, Autism Research
2010-present, Biological Psychiatry
2008-present, Autism
2007-present, Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders2001-present, Developmental Science

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

International

2007-present, International Society for Autism Research, Member

National

2007-Present, Society for Neuroscience, Member
2007-Present, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Member