Carolyn McCormick, PhD

Research Interests

Early developmental trajectories, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physiological responses, visual experience, early intervention, community engagement, sensory symptoms


I joined the Human Development and Family Studies Department in the fall of 2017. Prior to that I completed a postdoctoral research position at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. I completed my PhD at the University of California, Davis in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology.

My program of research is broadly focused on improving outcomes for people on the autism spectrum. This involves using multiple strategies to measure, predict, and understand the variability observed in development. This work has included using techniques such as eye-tracking, physiology, behavioral coding systems, and standardized assessments. For people in the community, improving outcomes is directly linked access to quality evidence based practices. Ongoing research includes evaluating intervention programs and examining factors related to intervention access. I am also deeply committed to engaging community partners in research. This means working with stakeholders to make sure that they not only benefit from research findings but also influence the goals, execution, and dissemination of research.

Selected Publications

  • Sheinkopf, S. J., Levine, T. P., McCormick, C. E. B., Puggioni, G., Conradt, C., Lagasse, L. L., & Lester, B. M. (2019). Developmental trajectories of autonomic functioning in autism from birth to early childhood. Biological Psychology, 142, 13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2019.01.003.

  • Vismara, L. A., McCormick, C. E. B., Shields, R., & Hessl, D. (2019). Extending the parent-delivered Early Start Denver Model to young children with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(3), 1250-1266. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3833-1

  • McCormick, C. E. B., Sheinkopf, S. J., Levine, T. P., Lagasse, L. L., Tronick, E., & Lester, B. L. (2018). Diminished RSA response in infants later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research. doi: 10.1002/aur.1929.

  • Righi, G., Tenenbaum, E. J., McCormick, C. E. B., Blossom, M., Amos, D., & Sheinkopf, S. J. (2018). Sensitivity to audio-visual synchrony and its relation to language abilities in children with ASD. Autism Research, 11(4), 645-653.

  • Vismara, L. A., McCormick, C. E. B., Young, G. S., Wagner, A., & Monolux, K. (2018). Telehealth parent training in the Early Start Denver Model: Results from a randomized controlled study. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 33(2), 67-79.

  • Gerber, A. H., McCormick, C. E. B., Levine, T. P., Morrow, E. M., Anders, T. F., & Sheinkopf, S. J. (2017). Brief Report: Factors influencing healthcare satisfaction in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(6), 1896-1903.

  • McCormick, C., Hepburn, S., Young, G. S., & Rogers, S. J. (2016). Sensory symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disorders and typical development: A longitudinal study. Autism, 20(5), 572-579.

  • McCormick, C., Hessl, D., Macari, S. L., Ozonoff, S., Green, C., & Rogers, S. J. (2014). Electrodermal and behavioral responses of children with autism spectrum disorders to sensory and repetitive stimuli. Autism Research, 7(4), 468-80.

  • Rogers, S. J., Vismara, L., Wagner, A., McCormick, C., Young, G. S., & Ozonoff, S. (2014). Autism treatment in the first year of life: A pilot study of Infant Start, a parent-implemented intervention for symptomatic infants. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 44(12), 2981-95.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017, Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

  • PhD, 2014, University of California, Davis, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Minor

  • MA, 2011, University of California, Davis, Developmental Psychology

  • BA, 2005, Psychology, Columbia University

Carolyn McCormick
Assistant Professor

(PhD, University of California, Davis)

Hanley Hall, Room 229
Purdue University
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