Frederick Shic, PhD

Frederick  Shic,  PhD


  • Academic Title: Associate Professor, Pediatrics
"My passion is to merge technology and clinical insight to build next-generation tools for understanding and improving the lives of children with autism and other developmental conditions."
  • Biography

    Frederick Shic, Associate Professor, CCHBD, Department 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, PhD, 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 by 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.

    Research Description

    The mission of Seattle Children's Innovative Technologies Laboratory (SCITL) is to bridge computer science, engineering, and developmental and clinical science in order to advance new tools for understanding and improving child mental health. Our current work leverages non-invasive technologies to study eye movements and brain activity in a quest for new biomarkers that can help us better understand natural variability, inherent mechanism, and response to treatment in conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Other research platforms we use include mobile apps, video games, and social robots. Our work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Institute of Education Science (IES), Simons Foundation, and Autism Speaks and involves collaborations with Yale University, University of South Carolina, and the Karolinska Institute.

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    • Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL)

      SCITL is dedicated to using, advancing and developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Learn more about our mission, areas of work, and how to participate in our research studies.

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