Education and Training


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


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


Scientist III, CHOP Workday

Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




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.


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.




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.

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


2007-present, International Society for Autism Research, Member


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