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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ruth Abramson, PhD


        Ruth Abramson, PhD


Dr. Abramson received her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan.  She completed a fellowship in genetics and environmental carcinogenesis at the University of Kentucky.  She was boarded by the American Board of Medical Genetics in 1984. 

Dr. Abramson came to South Carolina when the University of South Carolina School of Medicine opened and built a  laboratory that focused on research in genetics and psychotropic drug metabolism.  In the mid 1980’s  her research became clinically focused.  She is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsypchiatry and Behavioral Sciences, USC School of Medicine.

In the early 1980s Dr. Abramson began a long and fruitful collaboration with Dr. Harry Wright in the area of genetics and autism.  They formed a collaborative working relationship with Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance, then at Duke, and now director of the Hussman Institute for Genomics at the University of Miami.  The two groups have worked together for the past 15 years.

Dr. Abramson is excited about the newest collaboration with Dr. Lindsey DeVane because it involves both autism and pharmacogenetics.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify the prevalence of OCD in family members of children with autism.
2.  Identify factors from the ADI-R and the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised in children with autism that are correlated with
     clinically significant OC symptoms in parents


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