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Christopher (Chris) J. McDougle, MD

  • Director, Lurie Center for Autism
  • Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School




Christopher McDougle, MD, is the Director of the Lurie Center for Autism, a multidisciplinary program that treats children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  In addition to persons with autism spectrum disorder, Dr. McDougle specializes in the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of those with Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and Angelman syndrome, among others, especially adults. 



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Down syndrome
Medical Education
  • MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Yale Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine|Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Lexington: Lurie Center for Autism
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Christopher McDougle, MD, received a B.A. in Chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1981 (with Highest Distinction) and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986 (with Highest Distinction).  He subsequently completed a residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine (1990) and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center (1995).  After seven years on the faculty at Yale, Dr. McDougle joined the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in 1997 as the Raymond E. Houk Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  In September of 2000, Dr. McDougle was named the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the IUSM.  He continued on as Director of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well. In the fall of 2011, Dr. McDougle became the Director of the Lurie Center for Autism and the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. McDougle was elected to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 1995, and is now a fellow.  He was twice chosen as Teacher of the Year by the Yale Psychiatry Residents.  In 2002, Dr. McDougle was selected as a recipient of the 12th Annual Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association, and in 2007 he was selected as a recipient of the Annual Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, also by the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. McDougle was awarded the Frank J. Menolascino Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2009 and the George Tarjan Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2012.  In 2003, he was appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. McDougle is an internationally-recognized expert in the neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology of childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorders including autistic disorder.  His research interests also include the etiology and pathophysiology of mental retardation syndromes.

Dr. McDougle has been awarded two Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), an Independent Investigator Award from NARSAD, a grant from the Theodore and Vada Stanley Research Foundation, a Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) contract, a RUPP-Psychosocial Intervention (PI) grant, an Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) Network grant from NICHD and additional research grants from the National Institutes of Health for the study of autism and related pervasive developmental disorders.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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    Dr. Christopher McDougle, the director of the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about his work as a psychiatrist.


Lurie Center for Autism
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421-3114
Phone: 781-860-1700
Fax: 781-860-1766

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