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Mikle South, PhD

Emory Autism Center

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Mikle South, PhD, joined the Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Brain Health Center as director of the Emory Autism Center, September 1. South comes to Emory from Brigham Young University where he served as professor of psychology and neuroscience. 

South received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1994 followed by a PhD in child clinical psychology at the University of Utah in 2005. He returned to Yale for postdoctoral training in developmental neuroimaging.

South’s research has focused on better understanding the interaction of anxiety and autism in brain and behavior, including recent studies of how sleep affects autism, as well as risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young adults.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and review articles in books and journals including Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Autism, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Molecular Autism.