Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory Autism Center
Michael J. Morrier, Ph.D., BCBA-D current research interests focuses on disparities in receiving a diagnosis on the autism spectrum as well as disparities in educational placements based on one’s racial/ethnic background. He also researches the effects of intensive early intervention on social development in children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Morrier is a certified administrator of the ADOS and ADI-R, two “gold standard” diagnostic assessments for individuals suspected of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as the newly developed ADOS-Toddler Module, for children ages 12-30 months of age suspected of having an ASD.
He previously 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 has also served on the Board of Directors for Georgia’s Division of Early Childhood, a state subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children. He is also the co-author of several journal articles and book chapters on racial/ethnic disparities and autism, including a chapter in the third edition of the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (2005).
Dr. Morrier has collaborated with Dr. Gail G. McGee, director and founder of the Walden Early Childhood Center, on social development and early intervention research since 1988. He also participates in 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.