Rebecca Landa


Baltimore, Maryland


Rebecca Landa is the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Landa’s research has focused on neuropsychological, learning and communication processes in autism across the lifespan. She was part of the original research group that determined that ASD was heritable. That same group discovered that there was continuum of ASD characteristics, and that family members of individuals with ASD may exhibit a set of behavioral and information processing characteristics that are similar to those of ASD but much milder. She developed the Pragmatic Rating Scale. This tool, for ages 4 years through adulthood, has been translated into many language and is used around the world. She helped cowrite the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum