Charlotte DiStefano, PhD

Lead Psychologist for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Services, Developmental and Behavioral Health Center at CHLA
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Research Lab

Kids with Neurogenetic and Developmental Disabilities (KiNDD) Lab


Graduate School

Harvard University - Ed.M., Mind, Brain & Education
University of California Los Angeles - MA, Psychological Studies in Education
University of California Los Angeles/California State University Los Angeles Joint Doctoral Program - PhD, Psychological Studies in Education/Special Education


University of California Los Angeles - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience


Professional Memberships

Council for Exceptional Children
International Society for Autism Research
Flux Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
American Psychological Association
Alliance for Genetic Etiologies of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism (AGENDA)


2011 Summer Research Mentorship - University of California Los Angeles
2017 Travel Award - Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Li, Q., Shamshoian, J., Şentürk, D., Sugar, C., Jeste, S., DiStefano, C., & Telesca, D. Region-referenced spectral power dynamics of EEG signals: A hierarchical modeling approach. Annals of Applied Statistics, 14(4), 2053—2068, 2020. DOI: 10.1214/20-AOAS1374.

Burdekin, E. D., Fogel, B. L., Jeste, S. S., Martinez, J., Rexach, J. E., DiStefano, C., Hyde, C., Safari, T., & Wilson, R. B. The Neurodevelopmental and Motor Phenotype of SCA21 (ATX-TMEM240). Journal of Child Neurology, 35(14), 953–962, 2020. DOI: 10.1177/0883073820943488. PMID: 32705938 

Campos, E., Hazlett, C., Tan, P., Truong, H., Loo, S., DiStefano, C., et al. Principle ERP reduction and analysis: Estimating and using principle ERP waveforms underlying ERPs across tasks, subjects and electrodes. NeuroImage, 212(511), 116630, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116630. PMID: 32087372

Jeste, S., Hyde, C., Distefano, C., Halladay, A., Ray, S., Porath, M., Wilson, R. B., and Thurm, A. (2020). Changes in access to educational and healthcare services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID‐19 restrictions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 64: 825– 833, 2020. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12776. PMID: 32939917

DiStefano, C., Sadhwani, A., & Wheeler, A. C. Comprehensive Assessment of Individuals With Significant Levels of Intellectual Disability: Challenges, Strategies, and Future Directions. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 125(6), 434–448, 2020. DOI: 10.1352/1944-7558-125.6.434. PMID: 33211812

DiStefano, C. & Jeste, S. S. Chromosome 15 syndromes associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In L. Glidden & L. Abbeduto (Eds.), APA Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Washington DC: APA Books, 2020.

Scheffler A.W., Dickinson A., DiStefano C., Jeste S., Şentürk D. Covariate-Adjusted Hybrid Principal Components Analysis. In: Lesot MJ. et al. (eds) Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems. IPMU 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1239. Springer, Cham, 2020.