Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Program Director, Screening and Assessment
Emory Autism Center
Michael J. Morrier, PhD, BCBA-D, is a board certified behavior analyst doctoral level whose current research interests focus on disparities in identification, diagnosis, and placement of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on one’s racial/ethnic and socioeconomic background. He also researches the effects of intensive early intervention on social development in preschool-aged children with ASD. Dr. Morrier is a certified administrator of the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, two “gold standard” diagnostic assessments for individuals suspected of an ASD, as well as the ADOS-Toddler Module, for children ages 12-30 months of age suspected of having an ASD.
Previously, Dr. Morrier served on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America-Greater Georgia Chapter from 1999-2003, as both a Board Member and Executive Vice President. He also served on the Board of Directors for Georgia’s Division of Early Childhood, a state subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children from 2006-2008, and is the current President of the Georgia DEC. Dr. Morrier is the Vice-President of the Hess Academy Board of Directors. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on racial/ethnic disparities and autism, including an article on what educational services are being received by children with ASD in Georgia’s public schools. He also co-authored a chapter on personnel preparation for the third edition of the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (2005). He has also lectured or guest lectured both nationally and internationally, as well as conducted many media presentations on autism for local and national news organizations.
Dr. Morrier currently participates on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism Surveillance project (ADDM Network) as an expert clinical reviewer, which he has done since 1999. He co-directs a project funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health aimed at expanding the capacity of community-based licensed psychologists to identify and diagnosis young children suspected of having ASD.