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Elaine Tierney, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Autism, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry more

Research Interests

Genetic and metabolic disorders



  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Centers & Institutes



  • B.A.; University of Florida (Florida) (1984)
  • M.D.; University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine (Tampa) (Florida) (1989)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Selected Publications

  1. Tierney E, Nwokoro N, Porter FD, Freund LS, Ghuman JK, Kelley RI. Behavior phenotype in the RSH/ Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2001; 98:191-200.
  2. Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network (McCracken JT, McGough J, Shah B, Cronin P, Hong D, University of California at Los Angeles; Aman MG, Arnold LE, Lindsay R, Nash P, Hollway J, Ohio State University; McDougle CJ, Posey D, Swiezy N, Kohn A, Indiana University; Scahill L, Martin A, Koenig K, Volkmar F, Carroll D, Lancor A, Yale University; Tierney E, Ghuman J, Gonzalez NM, Grados M), Kennedy Krieger Institute; Vitiello B, Ritz L, National Institute of Mental Health; Davies M, Columbia University; Robinson J, McMahon D. Nathan Kline Institute (Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network), Risperidone in children with autism and serious behavioral problems. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002; 347 (5):314-321.
  3. Belmonte MK, Cook EH, Anderson GM, Rubenstein JLR, Greenough WT, Beckel-Mitchener A, Courchesne E, Boulanger LM, Powell SB, Levitt PR, Perry EK, Jiang YH, DeLorey TM, Tierney E. Autism as a disorder of neural information processing: directions for research and targets for therapy. Molecular Psychiatry. 2004; (7): 646-63.
  4. Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network (Aman, M.G., Arnold LE, Ramadan Y, Witwer A, Lindsey R, McDougle CJ, Posey D, Swiezy N, Kohn A, McCracken JT, Shah B, Cronin P, McGough J, Lee L, Scahill L, Martin A, Koenig K, Carroll D, Young C, Lancor A, Tierney E, Ghuman J, Gonzalez NM, Grados MA. A randomized controlled crossover trial of methylphenidate in pervasive developmental disorders with hyperactivity. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005; 62 (6): 1266-1274.
  5. Tierney E, Bukelis I, Thompson RE, Ahmed K, Aneja A, Kratz L, Kelley RI. Abnormalities of Cholesterol Metabolism in Autism Spectrum Disorders, American Journal of Medical Genetic, Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.2006; (6):666-8.
  6. Tierney E, AmanMG, StoutDJ, PappasK, Arnold E, Vitiello B, Scahill L, McDougle CJ, McCracken JT, Wheeler C, Martin A, Posey DJ, Shah B. Parent Satisfaction in a Multi-Site Trial of Risperidone in Children with Autism: A Social Validity Study. Psychopharmacology, e-published 23 November 2006.

Contact for Research Inquiries

Kennedy Krieger Institute
716 N Broadway
Department of Psychiatry
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

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