Alison Merikangas, PhD

Alison Merikangas, PhD
Research Scientist
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Alison is a genetic epidemiologist who joined the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2017, where she is a Research Scientist. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from the George Washington University School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Neuropsychiatric Genetics from Trinity College Dublin. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Genetic Epidemiology. She has received numerous training awards including a post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, a grant from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology for her doctoral studies, and a Ruth L. Kirschstein Training Award for her post-doctoral studies. Her research has focused on genetic and environmental factors in childhood psychopathology, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mood Disorders. Dr. Merikangas has more than a dozen publications. She has been an author of numerous articles on the genetics of autism through her participation in the Autism Genome Project on which she was a member of the Genotype/Phenotype Analysis Committee. She recently received the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.