Eric J. Fombonne, M.D.

  • Research Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, School of Medicine


I have seen patients with autism and worked with their families since 1986. Prior to joining OHSU in 2012, I held academic appointments at INSERM (Paris, France), King's College London (Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK), McGill University (Montreal, Canada) where I developed clinical and research programs. In addition to conducting my own research on the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in children with special reference to  autism, I spend time disseminating scientifically valid information to different professional and non-professional audiences. I was actively involved in the scientific and legal controversy linking autism to childhood vaccines and am still engaged in various academic activities in order to debung that myth. I created and taught in several training programs on autism research in various countries. I have devoted significant time to international efforts to develop advocacy for autism and boost local research and clinical capacity in under-resourced/developing countries including Mexico, China, Oman, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Brazil. I am one Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  I also enjoy activities with my family, including cooking, reading and playing music. I have four boys and like to hike and ski.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1978, University of Paris
  • Residency

    • Psychiatry Residency , University of Paris, 1977-1980
  • Fellowship

    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Paris, 1980-1982

Memberships and associations:

  • Joint Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2016- )
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Autism and developmental Disorders (1994-2004)

Areas of interest

  • Autism: clinical features, measurement, long term outcome, risk factors, genetic mechanisms.
  • Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents
  • Vaccines; vaccine hesitancy

Honors and awards

  • Lauréat de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris (MD Thesis Distinction), 1980
  • Canada Research Chair in Child Psychiatry, 2001-2012
  • Career Scientist Award of Excellence, Foundation for Research into Children’s Diseases, Quebec, 2007
  • The World's most influential scientific minds, 2015;


Selected publications

  • Fombonne E. The use of questionnaires in child psychiatry research: measuring their performance and choosing an optimal cut-off. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1991 May;32(4):677-93. PubMed PMID: 1864896.
  • Fombonne E. The Chartres Study: I. Prevalence of psychiatric disorders among French school-age children. Br J Psychiatry. 1994 Jan;164(1):69-79. PubMed PMID: 8137112.
  • Fombonne E. Anorexia nervosa. No evidence of an increase. Br J Psychiatry. 1995 Apr;166(4):462-71. PubMed PMID: 7795917.
  •  Fombonne E. Suicidal behaviours in vulnerable adolescents. Time trends and their correlates. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 1998 Aug; 173(2):154-159. PubMed PMID: 9850228.
  • Fombonne E, Chakrabarti S. No evidence for a new variant of measles-mumps-rubella-induced autism. Pediatrics. 2001 Oct;108(4):E58. PubMed PMID: 11581466
  • Fombonne E, Zakarian R, Bennett A, Meng L, McLean-Heywood D. Pervasive developmental disorders in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: prevalence and links with immunizations. Pediatrics. 2006 Jul;118(1):e139-50. PubMed PMID: 16818529
  • Fombonne E, Bolton P, Prior J, Jordan H, Rutter M. A family study of autism: cognitive patterns and levels in parents and siblings. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1997 Sep;38(6):667-83. PubMed PMID: 9315977.
  • Fombonne E, Wostear G, Cooper V, Harrington R, Rutter M. The Maudsley long-term follow-up of child and adolescent depression. 1. Psychiatric outcomes in adulthood. Br J Psychiatry. 2001 Sep;179:210-7. PubMed PMID: 11532797.
  •  Fombonne E, Marcin C, Bruno R, Tinoco CM, Marquez CD. Screening for autism in Mexico. Autism Res. 2012 Jun;5(3):180-9. PubMed PMID: 22581514.
  • Fombonne E, Rogé B, Claverie J, Courty S, Frémolle J. Microcephaly and macrocephaly in autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 1999 Apr;29(2):113-9. PubMed PMID: 10382131.


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