April Levin, MD

Assistant in Neurology

Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-2069

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"Taking care of patients and their families is my most important job."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Autism

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Autism Spectrum Center
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Personal Biography 

Taking care of patients and their families is my most important job.  Children and families facing autism often have a lot of questions. They need to know about therapies, education, and medical problems that sometimes go along with autism.  They need to know about coping with their child’s diagnosis and building a supportive community.  There’s still a lot that is unknown about autism, however, which means that families often come to my office with questions that don’t have an answer yet.  That’s why I do research.  I want to find answers to those unanswered questions. 

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Brown University, 2003

Providence, Rhode Island

Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine, 2007

New Haven, Connecticut

Residency

Boston Combined Residency Program, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts

Residency

Neurology-Boston Children's Hospital, 2012

Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology-Boston Children's Hospital, 2014

Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Fellow-Boston Children's Hospital, 2014

Boston, Massachusetts

Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Professional History

I am currently an instructor and attending physician in neurology.  My clinical work and research focus on management of autism from a child neurology perspective.
 

In the neurology clinic, my focus is on caring for children with autism.  In addition to seeing patients, I am working to implement an online parent questionnaire that will help families and clinicians monitor outcomes over time in children with autism.

My primary research focuses on identifying biomarkers of autism, using information about brain rhythms as measured by EEG.  The long-term goal of this research is to find new ways to predict, diagnose, and monitor autism; in the process, I hope to shed light on how the brain works in children with autism. 

I am also involved with the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which examines the effects of institutionalization versus foster care on child development.  Alongside my participation in this research project, I have been involved in clinical, teaching, and volunteer work in Romanian hospitals and orphanages since 1999.

In summary, my interests remain focused on evaluating and treating autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders, from a neurological perspective.

Publications

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  1. Levin AR, Nelson CA. Inhibition-Based Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Jul; 12(3):546-52.
  2. Stein DS, Welchons LW, Corley KB, Dickinson H, Levin AR, Nelson CA, Stein MT. Autism associated with early institutionalization, high intelligence, and naturalistic behavior therapy in a 7-year-old boy. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Jan; 36(1):53-5.
  3. Levin AR, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, Nelson CA. Social communication difficulties and autism in previously institutionalized children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Feb; 54(2):108-15.e1.
  4. Levin AR, Zeanah CH, Fox NA, Nelson CA. Motor outcomes in children exposed to early psychosocial deprivation. J Pediatr. 2014 Jan; 164(1):123-129.e1.
  5. Blumenfeld H, Klein JP, Schridde U, Vestal M, Rice T, Khera DS, Bashyal C, Giblin K, Paul-Laughinghouse C, Wang F, Phadke A, Mission J, Agarwal RK, Englot DJ, Motelow J, Nersesyan H, Waxman SG, Levin AR. Early treatment suppresses the development of spike-wave epilepsy in a rat model. Epilepsia. 2008 Mar; 49(3):400-9.
  6. Goldie SJ, Levin AR. msJAMA. Genomics in medicine and public health: role of cost-effectiveness analysis. JAMA. 2001 Oct 3; 286(13):1637-8.
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