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    Robin Hansen

    Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Davis Medical Center and Director, Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
    At UCD since:1985
    Interests: Biological, Health & Mental Health
    Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood

  • Research Interests
    Dr. Hansen is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician/researcher with vast experience in treating children with neurodevelopmental problems such as pervasive developmental disorder, autism, learning disorders, and attention deficits. She heads a multidisciplinary clinic that diagnoses children, plans/initiates intervention strategies, and works closely with patient families. Her clinical research has focused on children’s temperament and its effects on parenting, long-term effects of prenatal drug exposure, etiologic diagnosis of pervasive gene-environment interactions. Dr. Hansen has developed services for families affected by parental substance abuse, infant metal health, and children in foster care in Sacramento County. She has been an advocate for children at high risk for developmental/behavioral disorders through her research and community service at the local, state and national level.

    Selected Publications

    Brock, Stephen E., Jimerson, Shane R., Hansen, Robin L.: Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders at School, Springer Science + Business Media, Inc., New York. 2006.,

    Nowicki S, Hansen RL, Hagerman, RJ. Fragile X and X linked mental retardation. In A Capute & R Accardo (Eds.) Developmental Disabilities in Infancy and Childhood., 2005

    Hansen RL, Hagerman RJ. Fragile X syndrome in adulthood. In CR Reynolds & S Goldstein (Ed.) Handbook of Neurodevelopmental & Genetic Disorders in Adults. Guilford Publications, Inc., 2004

    Epstein MR, Hansen RL. Predicting early child abuse and neglect from prenatal and perinatal assessment: Do we know which newborns are at risk? International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, 2004

    Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Hansen RL. Neurodevelopmental outcome at 8-months and 4-years among infants born full-term small-for-gestational-age. Journal of Perinatology. 24, 505-514., 2004