Dr. Beth Jerskey

Beth Jerskey

Director of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services,
Director of Clinical Training, &
Director of Research and Professional Development

Dr. Jerskey is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is the Director of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, Director of Clinical Training, and the Director of Research and Professional Development at the Boston Child Study Center. She also works as part of BCSC’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Taskforce. In addition to her work at BCSC, Dr. Jerskey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In this role, she serves as a lecturer and advisor to trainees as well as support work of the department’s Anti-Racism Steering Committee (ARSC) in her role on its Educational Programming Subcommittee.

Trained in both pediatric and adult neuropsychology, Dr. Jerskey graduated from Boston University with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship in neuropsychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship through the Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. In 2012, Dr. Jerskey received advanced clinical and research training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) and is research reliable in this gold standard measure for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Dr. Jerskey’s clinical interests include diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Jerskey’s research centers around ethical considerations in the field of psychology and neuropsychology. She has been awarded funding supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Epilepsy Foundation. Dr. Jerskey has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and has published in a variety of neurology and neuropsychological journals including JAMA Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Brain and Behavior. In addition to this research, she is the Chair of the Rhode Island Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and was recently appointed to be on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 31 Ethics Taskforce. She also is a standing member of Butler Hospital’s Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Jerskey also has a very strong interest in advocacy both at the state and federal level. Locally she sits on the Massachusetts Autism Commission’s Birth to 14 Subcommittee as well as the Massachusetts Psychological Association’s Advocacy Committee. At the national level, she is the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the state of Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Division 40 (Neuropsychology), American Psychological Association Division 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs), and The International Neuropsychological Society in addition to her membership to the Rhode Island Psychological Association and Massachusetts Psychological Association. Dr. Jerskey is currently serving as a Director At Large for the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

Dr. Jerskey is Vice President and Funding Coordinator for Bailey’s Team for Autism, a grassroots organization aimed at supporting autistic individuals and their families. In addition, she supports Boston Medical Center’s Autism Friendly Initiative and is part of both their Steering Committee and Scientific Advisory Board. Lastly, Dr. Jerskey is the Clerk of the Boston Child Study Center Foundation (BCSC Foundation). BCSC Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to disseminating and providing empirically-supported, evidence-based treatments through research, training, and community outreach and engagement.