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

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Brown University , 2003 , Providence , RI

Medical School

  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2007 , New Haven , CT

Residency

  • Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) , 2009 , Boston , MA

Residency

Neurology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

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.

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.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Gabard-Durnam LJ, Mendez Leal AS, Wilkinson CL, Levin AR. The Harvard Automated Processing Pipeline for Electroencephalography (HAPPE): Standardized Processing Software for Developmental and High-Artifact Data. Front Neurosci. 2018; 12:97. View abstract
  2. Levin AR, Varcin KJ, O'Leary HM, Tager-Flusberg H, Nelson CA. EEG power at 3 months in infants at high familial risk for autism. J Neurodev Disord. 2017 Sep 13; 9(1):34. View abstract
  3. Levin AR, Nelson CA. Inhibition-Based Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Jul; 12(3):546-52. View abstract
  4. 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. View abstract
  5. 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. View abstract
  6. 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. View abstract
  7. Varghese GI, Purcaro MJ, Motelow JE, Enev M, McNally KA, Levin AR, Hirsch LJ, Tikofsky R, Paige AL, Zubal IG, Spencer SS, Blumenfeld H. Clinical use of ictal SPECT in secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Brain. 2009 Aug; 132(Pt 8):2102-13. View abstract
  8. Blumenfeld H, Varghese GI, Purcaro MJ, Motelow JE, Enev M, McNally KA, Levin AR, Hirsch LJ, Tikofsky R, Zubal IG, Paige AL, Spencer SS. Cortical and subcortical networks in human secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Brain. 2009 Apr; 132(Pt 4):999-1012. View abstract
  9. 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. View abstract
  10. Goldie SJ, Levin AR. msJAMA. Genomics in medicine and public health: role of cost-effectiveness analysis. JAMA. 2001 Oct 03; 286(13):1637-8. View abstract