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Pediatrics - Psychology

Houston, Texas

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Pediatrics - Psychology
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Robin P. Kochel, Ph.D.

Robin P. Kochel, Ph.D. Robin P. Kochel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics,
Section of Psychology
Baylor College of Medicine

Contact Information
Robin P. Kochel, Ph.D.
Texas Children’s Hospital
1102 Bates, Suite 1480.42
Office Phone: 832-824-3390
Fax: 832-825-3330

B.A.: Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

M.S.: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

M.S.: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

•Texas Children's Hospital Psychology Service Website

Research Interests
• Autism spectrum disorders

Current Research and Funding
• Principal Investigator: Simons Simplex Collection. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation. The goal of this study is to collect genetic and phenotypic data from families with only one child affected with an autism spectrum disorder in the hopes of better characterizing this subgroup and determining both genetic and environmental risk factors.

• Principal Investigator: Simons Variation in Individuals Project. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation. The goal of this study is to collect clinical and genetic data from individuals with specific genetic anomalies known to be associated with autism spectrum disorders, as well as data from their family members, in the hopes of understanding relationships between genes, brain, and behavior.

• Principal Investigator: Mutations Associated with Carnitine Deficiency as a Risk Factor for Regression in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Case-Control Study. Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pilot Award. The goal of this study is to determine whether mutations in selected genes associated with carnitine deficiency increase risk for developmental regression among children with autism spectrum disorders.

• Co-Investigator: Characterization of Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes and Therapeutic Intervention in Patients with Copy Number Variants of CHRNA7. The goal of this study is to provide clinical/neuropsychiatric characterization of individuals with copy number variants of the CHRNA7 gene, followed by a placebo-controlled therapeutic intervention study with cholinergic agonists and antagonists.
Special Interests

• Autism diagnostic training with the Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Selected Publications
• Mackintosh, V.H., Goin-Kochel, R.P., & Myers, B.J. (in press). “What do you like/dislike about the treatments you are currently using?” A qualitative study of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

• Schaaf, C.P., Goin-Kochel, R.P., Nowell, K.P., Hunter, J.V., Aleck, K.A., Cox, S., Patel, A., Bacino, C.A., & Shinawi, M. (2011). Expanding the clinical spectrum of the 16p11.2 chromosomal rearrangements: Three patients with syringomyelia. European Journal of Human Genetics, 19(2), 152-156.

• Beaudet, A.L. & Goin-Kochel, R.P. (2010). Some but not complete reassurance on the safety of folic acid fortification. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92(6), 1287-1288.

• Goin-Kochel, R.P., Porter A.E., Peters, S.U., Shinawi, M., Sahoo, T., & Beaudet, A.L. (2009). The MTHFR 677CT polymorphism and behaviors in children with autism: Exploratory genotype-phenotype correlations. Autism Research, 2(2), 98-108.

• Goin-Kochel, R.P., Mackintosh, V.H., & Myers, B.J. (2009). Parental reports on the efficacy of treatments and therapies for their children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 528-537.

Professional Organizations
• International Society for Autism Research
• Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes

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