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Sara S. Sparrow, PhD Senior author, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Vineland Social-Emotional Early Childhood Scales, and Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second edition (Vineland-II). Dr. Sara S. Sparrow is Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scientist at Yale University’s Child Study Center and at Yale’s Department of Psychology. She graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in speech pathology and a doctorate in clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

From 1975 to 2002, Dr. Sparrow was the chief of psychology at Yale Child Study Center. She also holds a professorship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sparrow is also a senior faculty member of the Yale Academic Skills Clinic. She is the author of more than 120 articles and book chapters in the fields of psychological assessment and developmental disabilities, and is the senior author of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. She is also coeditor (along with Drs. Ami Klin and Fred Volkmar) of a book on Asperger syndrome. Dr. Sparrow’s main research interests involve the assessment of adaptive behavior, child neuropsychology, and developmental disabilities. These interests support her current research in autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.

Dr. Sparrow has served on the Committee on Disability Determination for Mental Retardation, a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She was also cofounder and coeditor of the Journal of Child Neuropsychology and received the Career Scientist Award from the American Academy of Mental Retardation (AAMR). She and her husband, Professor Domenic Cicchetti, share the first Scientific Achievement Award given by the Connecticut Psychological Association for the development and publication of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. Dr. Sparrow is a Fellow in Divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology) and 33 (Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities) of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is also a member of APA Divisions 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), and 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). At the time of initial publication of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition (VinelandII), she was also the president of APA Division 33. In 2008, Dr. Sparrow was named alumnus of the year by the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. In August of 2009 Dr. Sparrow will receive the Edgar Doll award from Division 33 of the American Psychological Association. The Doll Award is the Division 33's highest recognition of outstanding scientific contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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