Senior Fellow

Pat Levitt, Ph.D.

Pat Levitt, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, is also the Science Co-Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, an initiative of the Center. He is Provost Professor and W. M. Keck Chair in Neurogenetics at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, and Director of the Developmental Neurogenetics Program of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His research focuses on the development of brain architecture that controls learning and emotional and social behavior in children. Pat is involved in both clinical genetics and basic research studies that have a long-term goal of understanding the biological basis of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, and how genes and the environment (prenatal or early postnatal) together influence typical and atypical development. Pat received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Yale University.

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