Adriana Di Martino, MD, is a Leon Levy Research Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Child Study Center. Dr. Di Martino focuses on functional neuroimaging studies of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Di Martino’s long-term research goal is to establish a multidisciplinary program of research focused on the neural mechanisms that underlie these disorders. Fundamental understanding of these mechanisms is necessary to improve early identification, provide diagnostic refinements, yield novel treatments, and to lead to eventual prevention strategies. Dr. Di Martino’s current projects encompass examinations of 1) the neuronal correlates of Autism and autistic traits; and 2) the nature and extent of overlap between ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders in clinical, neuropsychological and brain functioning domains.
Dr. Di Martino graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cagliari School of Medicine in Italy. She completed residency training in pediatric neurology and child and adolescent psychiatry and began her research experience in the psychopharmacology of Autism at the University of Cagliari. This work, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and Pediatric Neurology, was honored with a 2004 New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit's New Investigator's Award.
Dr. Di Martino’s most recent work has been published in Biological Psychiatry, Cerebral Cortex, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. Her work has been supported by a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. She is the principal investigator of a developmental/exploratory study (R21) to study connectivity of anterior cingulate cortex networks in adults with Autism. Dr. Di Martino has been invited to present her research results at national and international scientific conferences in the US, Italy, Germany, and Belgium.