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Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.

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Michael  Cuccaro, Ph.D.


  • English


  • Associate Director, Center for Genomic Education & Outreach, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
  • Associate Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics
  • Associate Professor, Psychology



Michael L. Cuccaro, Ph.D., Director of the Patient and Family Ascertainment Division in the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in understanding the interplay between genetics and behavior across development. His work reflects this specialization with a focus on cognitive and behavioral disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, dementia, and intellectual disability. His research concentrates on the development of behavioral methods to construct and extend clinical phenotypes of individuals with these and related disorders to optimize gene discovery. Further, he is working to improve recruitment and enrollment strategies to broaden opportunities for underserved populations to participate in genetic research. In addition, as part of his involvement with the Genetics Pathway for medical students, Dr. Cuccaro is involved in studies of medical trainee and professional attitudes about the utility of genomic information in healthcare. Dr. Cuccaro is also an Associate Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and the Department of Psychology.