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Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD

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Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Clinical Trials
Marcus Autism Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Dr. Scahill is Professor at the Marcus Autism Center and Emory University. Dr. Scahill recently held the position of Director of the Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) at Yale.  In addition to his work in autism, Dr. Scahill is also involved in psychopharmacological and behavioral interventions for children and adults with Tourette syndrome. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association and is a principal investigator on two multisite studies evaluating the efficacy of a behavioral intervention for tics in children and adults with Tourette syndrome. Dr. Scahill is an active clinician specializing in the care of children with Tourette syndrome and children with autism. He is the author of over 130 journal articles and numerous book chapters.


Developing and testing new treatments for children with autism and related disorders. Treatment research in Tourette syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Selected Publications

Scahill, L. D., Koenig, K., Carroll, D. H. & Pachler, M. (n.d.). Risperidone approved for the treatment of serious behavioral problems in children with autism. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 20(3), 188-90.

Aman, M. G., Arnold, L. E., McDougle, C. J., Vitiello, B., Scahill, L. D., Davies, M., McCracken, J. T., Tierney, E., Nash, P. L., Posey, D. J., Chuang, L., Martin, A., Shah, B., Gonzalez, N. M., Swiezy, N. B., Ritz, L., Koenig, K., McGough, J., Ghuman, J. K. & Lindsay, R. L. (2005). Acute and long-term safety and tolerability of risperidone in children with autism. Journal of Childhood and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 15, 869-884.

Bloch, M. H., Peterson, B. S., Scahill, L. D., Otka, J., Katsovice, L., Zhang, H. & Leckman, J. F. (2006). Adulthood outcome of tic and obsessive-compulsive symptom severity in children with Tourette syndrome. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, 160, 65-69.

Rosario-Campos, M. C., Miguel, E. C., Quatrano, S., Chacon, P., Ferrao, Y., Findley, D., Katsovich, L., Scahill, L. D., King, R. A., Woody, S. R., Tolin, D., Hollander, E., Kano, Y. & Leckman, J. F. (2006). The Dimensional Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (DY-BOCS): An instrument for assessing obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Molecular Psychiatry, 11, 495-504.

Leckman, J. F., Block, M. H., King, R. A. & Scahill, L. D. (2006). Phenomenology of tics and natural history of tic disorders. Advances in Neurology, 99, 1-16. 

Scahill, L. D., Erenberg, G., Berlin Jr, C. M., Budman, C., Coffey, B. J., Jankovic, J., Kiessling, L., King, R. A., Kurlan, R., Lang, A., Mink, J., Murphy, T., Zinner, S. & Walkup, J. (2006). Contemporary assessment and pharmacotherapy of Tourette syndrome. NeuroRx, 3, 192-206.

Lecavalier, L., Aman, M. G., Scahill, L. D., McDougle, C. J., McCracken, K. T., Vitiello, B., Tierney, E., Arnold, L. E., Ghuman, J. K., Loftin, R. L., Cronin, P., Koenig, K., Posey, D. J., Martin, A., Hollway, J., Lee, L. S. & Kau, A. S. (2006). The validity of the autism diagnostic interview-revised. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 111, 199-215

Rains, A., Hamrin, V. & Scahill, L. D. (2006). Nonstimulant medications for the treatment for ADHD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 19, 44-47.

Scahill, L. D., Sukhodolsky, D., Bearss, K., Findley, D., Hamrin, V., Carroll, D. & Rains, A. (2006). A randomized trial of parent management training in children with tic disorders and disruptive behavior. Journal of Child Neurology, 18(2), 86-89.

Scahill, L. D., Hamrin, V., Pachler, M., Rains, M., Hanrahan, A. & Koenig, K. (2006). Doctor of nursing practice: Forward direction of digression for child psychiatric nursing? (Editorial). Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 19, 49-50.

Research Center(s)