Geraldine Dawson, PhD
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With each patient I see, I try to understand how they learn best and ways we can help them reach their full potential.
– Geraldine Dawson, PhD

Geraldine Dawson, PhD

Child and Family Clinical Psychologist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Autism Clinic - Durham, NC
With each patient I see, I try to understand how they learn best and ways we can help them reach their full potential.
– Geraldine Dawson, PhD
My Locations
Duke Autism Clinic
2608 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-4597
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About Me

I have been working in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders for several decades. At the Duke Autism Clinic we see children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as a language disability or a delay in cognitive function. With each patient I see, I try to understand how they learn best and ways we can help them reach their full potential. I work directly with parents and coach them in strategies to use in their everyday interactions, such as promoting eye contact, social interaction, and language. Here at Duke, we offer parents the opportunity to obtain treatment for their children that addresses all of their needs, not just behavioral ones. People with autism may also struggle with sleep disorders, GI disorders, seizures, or allergies, so we have access to experts in a wide range of specialties and work as a team to develop a comprehensive program to treat the whole person.

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Training and Education
Clinical Internship/Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I conduct research on the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. I helped develop an intervention program for young children with autism from infancy through late preschool age called the Early Start Denver Model. I collaborate with other researchers to improve our understanding of the causes of autism and to develop more effective treatments. Our goal is to help each person with autism reach his or her fullest potential for a productive and meaningful life.

View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Ambetter
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC Medicaid
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
  • Optima Health
    • FAMIS
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • TRICARE Extra*
    • TRICARE for Life*
    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Standard*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare of the River Valley
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has an outside financial interest with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Akili Interactive
  • Apple Inc.
  • Axial Venture Capital
  • Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.
  • Guidepoint Consulting
  • Guilford Publications
  • Hoffman LaRoche (Roche Holding)
  • Janssen Research & Development
  • LabCorp (Laboratory Corp of America)
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Project, Inc
  • Springer Publishing Company
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • UC Davis
  • Yamo Pharmaceuticals