Brianna Doherty

About Brianna Doherty

Originally from California, Brianna Doherty earned her BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University in Rhode Island. Brianna won the Rhodes scholarship from the California district in 2012, and she completed her MSc in Neuroscience in 2013 at New College, University of Oxford. She is currently continuing her studies at Oxford with her PhD in Neuroscience. Her primary research interest is looking at atypical social attention in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Global Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders

With an estimated 1 out of every 68 children in the US (CDC, 2014) and 1 out of every 100 children in the UK (NAS, 2014) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), it is clear that ASD now poses a substantial health burden. Although these statistics are striking, they are taken from the top two countries producing ASD research publications. The US and the UK are two countries of many, and both are prominent developed nations—what is the global prevalence of ASD beyond the US and the UK?  As of 2012, only a few studies have investigated prevalence in middle-income countries and no prevalence estimates have been reported for low-income countries, resulting in an incomplete global prevalence figure. Continue reading