Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Shaffer Lab

Shaffer Lab

An image of Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD.

The Shaffer Lab focuses on emotion dysregulation in neurobehavioral conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fragile X syndrome, and intellectual disability. Emotion dysregulation in ASD leads to higher rates of suicidality and inpatient hospitalizations, making it a critical need for treatment research.

Our lab created Regulating Together, a group treatment program for emotion dysregulation for youth and their caregivers.

We are also committed to including diverse participants in research including a wide range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic status groups. In addition, our lab is a site for several large phenotypic and genetic ASD studies including SPARK, the largest genetic study of ASD.


I am a clinical psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s. Learn more and meet the team.