Matthew Lerner

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology I SUNY Stony Brook

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Matthew D. Lerner, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, & Pediatrics
Director, Social Competence & Treatment Lab
Stony Brook University

Visiting Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia


Matthew D. Lerner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology Psychiatry, & Pediatrics in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Social Competence and Treatment Lab. He is the founding Director and current Research Director of the Spotlight Program at the Northeast Arc in Massachusetts, a year-round program for social competence and confidence development, serving more than 200 youth annually. He has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences on topics related to social development and developmental disorders. Dr. Lerner’s research focuses on understanding emergence and “real world” implications of social problems in children and adolescents (especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD]), as well as development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, evidence-based approaches for ameliorating those problems. He has published roughly 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; he serves on the Editorial Boards of Child Development, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Autism Research, Evidence-based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, and Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review. Dr. Lerner has received grants from organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Medical Foundation, the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has received several acknowledgments and awards, including the Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Richard “Dick” Abidin Early Career Award from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)/APA Division 53, Young Investigator Awards from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) and the International Society for Autism Research, the Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the Transformative Contributions Award from the Autism & Developmental Disabilities SIG of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Rising Star designation from the Association for Psychological Science.