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Craig J. Newschaffer

Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean
College of Health and Human Development

Craig J. Newschaffer

Craig J. Newschaffer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biobehavioral Health and the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State.

Before coming to Penn State, Newschaffer was Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean for Research at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

At Drexel, Newschaffer was also the founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the first autism research center focused on public health science, and past chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Newschaffer, a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, has received continuous federal research funding since 2000 and has been principal investigator on numerous autism epidemiology investigations, including an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) focused on prenatal autism risk factors. He has served on the US DOD Autism Research Program Integration Panel, the Autism Speaks Science Advisory Board, and, on multiple occasions, the US federal government’s IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research expert review group.

He was past Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research and past Associate Editor of the journal Autism Research. Newschaffer has received the Drexel University Provost’s Award for Career Scholarly Achievement and was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.