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John D. Herrington, PhD
John D. Herrington
Clinical Psychologist

John Herrington is an associate professor of Psychology in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He directs the Emotion and Developmental Laboratory, which focuses on emotion regulation difficulties in childhood, and in particular, among children with autism.



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Dr. Herrington is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Emotion and Neurodiversity Laboratory, and is Co-Director of the Developmental Neuroimaging Program at CHOP's Center for Autism Research. Dr. Herrington's work focuses on social and emotional information processes in neurotypical and neurodiverse populations, with a particular emphasis on the co-occurrence of anxiety disorders in autism. His research examines the problem of anxiety in ASD across multiple levels of analysis, from neurobiological systems to clinical practice. Dr. Herrington has two active NIH grants focused on the identification of depression and anxiety symptoms using computer vision and computational linguistics.

Education and Training

BA, University of Michigan (Honors Psychology and English Literature), 1997

MPhil, University of Cambridge (Experimental Psychology), 2002

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Clinical Psychology), 2006

Internship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Clinical Psychology)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience)

Titles and Academic Titles

Clinical Psychologist

Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

Professional Memberships

Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2007-

Society for Neuroscience, 2010-

National Institute of Health, Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section, Ad Hoc Panel Member, 2014-

International Society for Autism Research, Panel on Brain Function Co-chair, 2014-

Professional Awards

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, University of Michigan, 1997

Golden Key National Honor Society. 1997

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, University of Michigan, 1997

Rotary Foundation International Scholarship, 1999

Scheiderer Memorial Award for Outstanding Research or Scholarship by a Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Junior Investigator, National Science Foundation Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, 2010

Publication Highlights

Nuske HJ, Goodwin MS, Kushleyeva Y, Forsyth D, Pennington JW, Masino AJ, Finkel E, Bhattacharya A, Tan J, Tai H, Atkinson-Diaz Z, Bonafide CP, Herrington JD. Evaluating commercially available wireless cardiovascular monitors for measuring and transmitting real-time physiological responses in children with autism. Autism Res. 2022 Jan; 5(1):117-130. Epub 2021 Nov 6. PMID: 34741438
Parma V, Cellini N, Guy L, McVey AJ, Rump K, Worley J, Maddox BB, Bush J, Bennett A, Franklin M, Miller JS, Herrington J. Profiles of Autonomic Activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder with and without Anxiety. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Dec; 51(12):4459-4470. Epub 2021 Feb 9. PMID: 33565037
Zampella CJ, Bennetto L, Herrington JD. Computer Vision Analysis of Reduced Interpersonal Affect Coordination in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Res. 2020 Dec; 13(12): 2133-2142. PubMed PMID: 32666690
Yerys BE, Tunç B, Satterthwaite TD, Antezana L, Mosner MG, Bertollo JR, Guy L, Schultz RT, Herrington JD. Functional Connectivity of Frontoparietal and Salience/Ventral Attention Networks Have Independent Associations With Co-occurring Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children With Autism. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2019 Apr; 4(4):343-351. Epub 2019 Jan 9. PMID: 30777604
Clements CC, Zoltowski AR, Yankowitz LD, Yerys BE, Schultz RT, Herrington JD. Evaluation of the Social Motivation Hypothesis of Autism: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Aug; 75(8):797-808. PMID: 29898209