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Joseph Piven, M.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Raleigh-Durham, NC, US

Joseph Piven, M.D. Joseph Piven, M.D.

Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology and Director, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities | UNC-Chapel Hill

Raleigh-Durham, NC, UNITED STATES

Dr. Piven's research focuses on developmental disabilities/autism.





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Towards Defining the Autism Phenotype




Joseph Piven is Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, where is also Director of the UNC Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (7)




Brain Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Mri)

Developmental Disabilities


Accomplishments (2)

Independent Scientist Award (professional)

1998 - 2003 Awarded by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientist Developmental Award for Clinicians (KO1) (professional)

1992 - 1997 Awarded by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

Education (4)

Johns Hopkins Hospital: Residency, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry 1986

University of Maryland Medical School: M.D., Medicine 1981

University of Maryland, College Park: B.S., Psychology 1976

Johns Hopkins Hospital: Postdoc, Psychiatric Genetics 1988

Affiliations (4)

  • UNC NIH T32 Post Doctoral Research Training Program : Co-Director
  • NICHD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center : Director
  • North Carolina University Center of Excellence : Director
  • NIH ACE Network – Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) : Director

Media Appearances (4)

Adult, Autistic and Ignored

The New York Times  online


As Dr. Joseph Piven, a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has put it, “There is almost no literature on older adults with autism in the field, so we have virtually no knowledge base.”...

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Adults with autism and the risk of Parkinson’s: an author Q+A

BioMed Central  online


Research published in Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders has investigated the risk of adults with autism developing Parkinson’s disease. In this Q+A, Joseph Piven and his co-authors explain more about their findings, as well as why more research is needed in the field...

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Adults with autism are at risk for host of health problems

Sectrum News  online


The number of adults on the spectrum is rising. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2010 that 1 in 68 children have autism, up from 1 in 150 just eight years before. So these health problems will affect a growing slice of society. “This is a major public health issue and will only be exacerbated by the aging of our western populations,” says Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was not involved with the study...

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MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

Medical Press  online


The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, directed by Joseph Piven, MD, is the umbrella program for autism research at UNC, which ranked second worldwide for the number of autism-related scientific papers published in 2012, the last time an intergovernmental agency issued the ranking...

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Articles (5)

Functional impact of global rare copy number variation in autism spectrum disorders


2010 The autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of conditions characterized by impairments in reciprocal social interaction and communication, and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviours Individuals with an ASD vary greatly in cognitive ...

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Autism genome-wide copy number variation reveals ubiquitin and neuronal genes


2009 ABSTRACT: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are childhood neurodevelopmental disorders with complex genetic origins. Previous studies focusing on candidate genes or genomic regions have identified several copy number variations (CNVs) that are ...

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Mapping autism risk loci using genetic linkage and chromosomal rearrangements

Nature Genetics

2007 ABSTRACT: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are common, heritable neurodevelopmental conditions. The genetic architecture of ASDs is complex, requiring large samples to overcome heterogeneity. Here we broaden coverage and sample size relative to other ...

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User-guided 3D active contour segmentation of anatomical structures: significantly improved efficiency and reliability


2006 Active contour segmentation and its robust implementation using level set methods are well-established theoretical approaches that have been studied thoroughly in the image analysis literature. Despite the existence of these powerful segmentation methods, the needs of ...

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Visual scanning of faces in autism

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

2002 ABSTRACT: The visual scanpaths of five high-functioning adult autistic males and five adult male controls were recorded using an infrared corneal reflection technique as they viewed photographs of human faces. Analyses of the scanpath data revealed marked differences ...

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