Dr. Constantino is Blanche F. Ittleson professor and director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Constantino completed a combined residency in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and a postdoctoral research fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Constantino’s work has involved the genetic epidemiology of autistic social impairment, quantitative methods for measuring inherited phenotypic components of autistic syndromes, and the discovery of distinct patterns of subclinical autistic traits in the relatives of children with autism. He has authored or co-authored 78 original, peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature. In addition, he has developed rapid quantitative methods for measuring inherited aspects of social impairment. These methods, used worldwide, have led to the discovery of genes that confer risk for autism and related disorders and have helped clarify nature-nurture effects on social developmental disorders (including autism, conduct disorder, and personality disorder). Dr. Constantino currently holds grants with NIH/NICHD, Autism Speaks, the Simons Foundation, CDC, and HRSA. He participates in scientific review committees for Autism Speaks, the March of Dimes Foundation, Simons Foundation, and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He has also served on, and chaired, the scientific advisory committee for AGRE (a program of Autism Speaks).