Jocelyn Lara Kuhn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Jocelyn Kuhn
801 Albany Street


Jocelyn Kuhn, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Her research centers around improving access to care and effectiveness of care for historically underserved children with developmental, behavioral, and mental health care needs. She is especially interested in developing, testing, and studying the implementation of programs that disrupt racial and ethnic disparities in health, well-being, and access to services during the autism transition to adulthood. Her recent works have included manuscripts published in high impact journals on the topics of implementing a family-centered autism transition program; predictors of receiving diagnostic testing after a positive autism screen in primary care; the effectiveness of Family Navigation in reducing disparities in access to timely autism diagnosis; and the links between social determinants of health and unmet mental health care needs for children and adolescents.

Dr. Kuhn practices clinically as a Psychologist and specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders. She provides family behavioral therapy and diagnostic assessment at Boston Medical Center in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and the Pediatric Feeding Clinic. Before coming to BMC for an AHRQ-funded T32 fellowship focused on autism health services research and staying for her current faculty position, Dr. Kuhn completed clinical post-doctoral fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, clinical pre-doctoral internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the doctoral program in School Psychology as well as Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Kuhn serves as a peer reviewer for several highly regarded journals in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. She has mentored and formally instructed undergraduate and graduate students and trainees across multiple disciplines, including clinical psychology, school psychology, social work, public health, medicine, speech/language pathology and special education. She serves on local and national boards focused on quality improvement research and professional development of early career psychologists.


  • University of Wisconsin Madison, PhD
  • University of Wisconsin Madison, MS
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA


  • Published on 1/6/2022

    Kuhn J, Szidon K, Kraemer B, Steinbrenner JR, Tomaszewski B, Hume K, DaWalt L. Implementation of a multi-family autism transition program in the high school setting. Autism. 2022 04; 26(3):615-627. PMID: 34991370.

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  • Published on 1/6/2022

    Edmunds SR, Frost KM, Sheldrick RC, Bravo A, Straiton D, Pickard K, Grim V, Drahota A, Kuhn J, Azad G, Pomales Ramos A, Ingersoll B, Wainer A, Ibanez LV, Stone WL, Carter A, Broder-Fingert S. A method for defining the CORE of a psychosocial intervention to guide adaptation in practice: Reciprocal imitation teaching as a case example. Autism. 2022 04; 26(3):601-614. PMID: 34991373.

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  • Published on 11/19/2021

    Hickey EJ, Feinberg E, Kuhn J, Cabral HJ, Broder-Fingert S. Family Impact During the Time Between Autism Screening and Definitive Diagnosis. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Nov; 52(11):4908-4920. PMID: 34797470.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Kuhn J, Levinson J, Udhnani MD, Wallis K, Hickey E, Bennett A, Fenick AM, Feinberg E, Broder-Fingert S. What Happens After a Positive Primary Care Autism Screen Among Historically Underserved Families? Predictors of Evaluation and Autism Diagnosis. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 09 01; 42(7):515-523. PMID: 33631787.

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  • Published on 4/28/2021

    Hickey EJ, Stransky M, Kuhn J, Rosenberg JE, Cabral HJ, Weitzman C, Broder-Fingert S, Feinberg E. Parent stress and coping trajectories in Hispanic and non-Hispanic families of children at risk of autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2021 08; 25(6):1694-1708. PMID: 33908306.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Feinberg E, Augustyn M, Broder-Fingert S, Bennett A, Weitzman C, Kuhn J, Hickey E, Chu A, Levinson J, Sandler Eilenberg J, Silverstein M, Cabral HJ, Patts G, Diaz-Linhart Y, Fernandez-Pastrana I, Rosenberg J, Miller JS, Guevara JP, Fenick AM, Blum NJ. Effect of Family Navigation on Diagnostic Ascertainment Among Children at Risk for Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial From DBPNet. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 03 01; 175(3):243-250. PMID: 33427861.

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  • Published on 2/19/2021

    Berger NI, Wainer AL, Kuhn J, Bearss K, Attar S, Carter AS, Ibanez LV, Ingersoll BR, Neiderman H, Scott S, Stone WL. Characterizing Available Tools for Synchronous Virtual Assessment of Toddlers with Suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Brief Report. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Jan; 52(1):423-434. PMID: 33606157.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Kuhn J, Albers CA. Early literacy intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse students with varying English language proficiency levels. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 2021; (In press).

  • Published on 9/14/2020

    Hickey E, Sheldrick RC, Kuhn J, Broder-Fingert S. A commentary on interpreting the United States preventive services task force autism screening recommendation statement. Autism. 2021 02; 25(2):588-592. PMID: 32921149.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Cuttin K, Neri C, Tang M, Kuhn J, Pearl K, Augustyn M. Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Routine Pediatric Care in a Medically Complex Toddler. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 09; 41(7):583-585. PMID: 32649593.

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