Janet E. Lainhart, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Dr. Lainhart is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and a Faculty member of the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University, medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and residency training in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics. She was on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins and the University of Utah before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

Her academic career, including her outpatient practice, resident teaching, and research, has focused on Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-occurring neuropsychiatric conditions for over the past 20 years. She is particularly focused on trying to understand what goes awry in brain development in autism that leads to not only difficulties and disabilities, but also unique abilities. She envisions a future when the clinical care of children, adolescents, and adults with autism will be informed by the biology of the disorder specific to each affected individual.

Selected Bibliography:

McLaughlin K, Travers BG, Dadalko OI, Dean DC 3rd, Tromp D, Adluru N, Destiche D, Freeman A, Prigge MD, Froehlich A, Duffield TC, Zielinski BA, Bigler ED, Lange N, Anderson JS, Alexander AL, Lainhart JE.
Longitudinal development of thalamic and internal capsule microstructure in autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Res. 2018;11(3):450-462. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Travers BG, Bigler ED, Duffield TC, Prigge MDB, Froehlich AL, Lange N, Alexander AL, Lainhart JE.
Longitudinal development of manual motor ability in autism spectrum disorder from childhood to mid-adulthood relates to adaptive daily living skills.
Dev Sci. 2017;20(4). PubMed abstract / Full Text

Lainhart JE.
Brain imaging research in autism spectrum disorders: in search of neuropathology and health across the lifespan.
Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2015;28(2):76-82. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Mazefsky CA, Oswald DP, Day TN, Eack SM, Minshew NJ, Lainhart JE.
ASD, a psychiatric disorder, or both? Psychiatric diagnoses in adolescents with high-functioning ASD.
J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2012;41(4):516-23. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Southwick JS, Bigler ED, Froehlich A, Dubray MB, Alexander AL, Lange N, Lainhart JE.
Memory functioning in children and adolescents with autism.
Neuropsychology. 2011;25(6):702-10. PubMed abstract / Full Text