Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
371 E McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210
Research/Clinical Interests: autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities
Current Research Projects:
Inpatient Care for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities: Dr Witwer has been studying admission trends for those with ID, and attitudes of those who care for individuals with ASD and DD in inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
Screening and Assessment in Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: Dr Witwer also has a line of research related to children (birth to 3) served in the Early Intervention System. 1) examining how we screen for autism spectrum disorders, as well as other social-emotional difficulties in this population and 2) working with the Early Intervention System to develop an assessment tool to track treatment goals.
2001 BS Psychology magna cum laude with distinction The Ohio State University
2005 MA Psychology The Ohio State University
2009 PhD Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology The Ohio State University
Postgraduate Education: 2009 – 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Society/Memberships: APA, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2004 Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Master's grant
2005 Meritorious Service in Psychology 100 Educational Development
2007 Alumni Grants Graduate Research grant
2008 Ohio Department of Mental Health small research grant
Academic services: Dr. Witwer supervises psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and provides training in the Nisonger Clinics. She is also a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (LEND) faculty member.
Clinical Services: Dr. Witwer currently participates in an interdisciplinary team which assess children suspected of having and an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disability. She also conducts psychological evaluations and behavioral consultations with children with ASDs and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the program director of the School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic.