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Catherine (Cathy) Rice, Ph.D. is a Developmental Psychologist and Branch Chief in the Disability and Health Promotion Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC she leads several public health programs using data to promote health and well-being among people with disabilities. Dr. Rice was the Director of the Emory Autism Center (EAC) and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University from 2015-2020. At Emory, Dr. Rice was honored to lead a team of faculty and staff supporting meaningful improvements in quality of life with people on the spectrum across the lifespan.

Previously, Dr. Rice spent 14 years as a Behavioral Scientist and Epidemiologist at the CDC, her work included the establishment of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network to estimate autism prevalence and describe the population of children with autism in multiple areas of the United States.