Frederick Shic, Associate Professor, CCHBD, Dept of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics. Dr. Shic, a computer scientist by training, investigates the mechanisms, markers, and developmental processes associated with autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions using neurobehavioral techniques such as eye tracking, neurophysiological techniques such as functional near infrared spectroscopy, and technology-enhanced behavioral paradigms involving mobile applications, social robots, and video games.
Frederick Shic, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at University of Washington/Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Shic's current research interests include applications of eye-tracking and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. near infrared spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy) to the study of the social and cognitive development in infants, toddlers, and children with autism, and the exploration of new technologies and methodologies for enriching both our understanding of autism and the lives of children with autism and their families. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Shic led the Technology and Innovation Laboratory at Yale University's Child Study Center. Prior to this, he was an associate research scientist under Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska, director of the Infant and Toddlers Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory. Prior to this, Dr. Shic completed an NIMH T32 training program in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders led Drs. James Leckman and Elena Grigorenko. Dr. Shic received his doctorate in Computer Science from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology. During his graduate work, Dr. Shic developed computational and mathematical approaches for analyzing eye-tracking data, with a focus on what these techniques can tell us about the social and cognitive development of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Prior to this, Dr. Shic was software engineer at the Sony Interactive Studios of America, and, later, a researcher at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, where he conducted research in 1H and 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), developing techniques for quantifying and visualizing brain metabolism and neurochemistry.