EVMS Autism Spectrum Disorder Program - Faculty

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Treatment Team


Co-Director: Maria R. Urbano, MD

Division Director: Older Adolescents and Young Adults
Dr. Urbano is a board-certified psychiatrist and associate professor at EVMS with more than 25 years experience in psychiatric assessment and treatment. She has a Master Clinician Award in psychopharmacology from the Neurosciences Education Institute.

Co-Director: Kathrin Hartmann, PhD

Division Director: Children and Adolescents
In addition to teaching and clinical supervision, Dr. Hartmann conducts weekly evaluations and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of mental health disorders. She specializes in ASD evaluations and completed the clinical training for administering the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) in June 2007 at the University of Michigan. She began research training for the use of the ADOS in June 2009.

Research Director: Stephen I. Deutsch, MD, PhD

Professor, Chairman, and Ann Robinson Endowed Chair in Psychiatry
Dr. Deutsch is a nationally recognized leader in psychopharmacology and has participated in several seminal trials of medication interventions for autism. Dr. Deutsch completed a research fellowship in child psychiatry with Dr. Magda Campbell, a pioneer in biological studies of autism, and fellowship training in psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health.

J. D. Ball, PhD, ABPP-CL

Professor and Vice Chair; Co-Director, The Neuropsychology Center
Dr. Ball has conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for patients (particularly children and adolescents) with known or suspected brain dysfunction for 30 years. He has a particular interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, LD, and ASD. Dr. Ball's research interests have closely followed his clinical work in these areas, with more than 40 articles published in scholarly journals.


Sharmini Santher, MD

Assistant Professor
Dr. Santher is a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in treatment of children and adolescents with ASD.