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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 joined CHOP’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) in 2008, and is the associate director of CAR’s Developmental Neuroimaging Program. His work concentrates on social and emotional information processes among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a particular emphasis on the co-occurrence of anxiety disorders in ASD.

His research examines anxiety in ASD across multiple levels of analysis, from neurobiological systems to diagnostic assessment. Dr. Herrington completed one of the largest studies to date implementing formal diagnostic assessment of anxiety disorders in children with ASD. He has received multiple NIH fellowships in developmental neurobiology, cognitive psychophysiology, and statistical methods.

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

Hocking MC, Albee M, Brodsky C, Shabason E, Wang L, Schultz RT, Herrington JD. Face Processing and Social Functioning in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors. J Pediatr Psychol. 2021 Oct; 46(10): 1267-1275. PubMed PMID: 34313751
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
Maddox BB, Lecavalier L, Miller JS, Pritchett J, Hollway J, White SW, Gillespie S, Evans AN, Schultz RT, Herrington JD, Bearss K, Scahill L. Reliability and Validity of the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale Modified for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism. 2020 Oct; 24(7):1773-1782. PubMed PMID: 32476441
Wang LAL, Herrington JD, Tunc B, Schultz RT. Bayesian Regression-based Developmental Norms for the Benton Facial Recognition Test in Males and Females. Behav Res Methods. 2020 Aug; 52(4): 1516-1527. PubMed PMID: 31907754
Amoss TR, Leong T, Evans AN, Ousley O, Herrington JD, Lecavalier, L., Goodwin, M.S., Hofmann, S.G., & Scahill, L. A Pilot Study of Cardiovascular Reactivity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sem Pediatr Neurol. 2020 Jul; 34: 100807. PubMed PMID: 32446441