Kiely Law, M.D., M.P.H.'s picture
Research Director, Autism Research and Engagement Core
Phone: 443-923-4142
Maryland Center for Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute

7000 Tudsbury Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
United States

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Dr. Kiely Law is the research director of the Autism Research and Engagement Core at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In this position, she leads local and national efforts to promote patient-centered research in autism. Dr. Law is a research consultant with SPARK, an initiative of the Simons Foundation and the largest autism research study ever launched. Prior to joining the MCDD, Kiely was the founding research director of the Interactive Autism Network, the first project to pioneer large-scale, internet-mediated, community-driven research in autism. She holds a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is affiliate faculty at the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kiely’s professional interests and pursuits are motivated by her personal experiences as the caregiver of an adult son with autism.


Dr. Law attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She received a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and completed an internship in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical System. After initially working in international health, she returned to Baltimore in 2006 to establish the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

For more than a decade, Dr. Law has focused on engaging patients and communities in all aspects of the research process, including identifying research questions, informing study protocols, and sharing research findings. Dr. Law has co-authored more than 25 research publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has conducted research on a variety of topics important to the autism community, such as bullying and elopement, access to services and treatments, and the well-being of caregivers. As a patient-advocate, Kiely has also served on a number of national advisory boards including the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORnet) Steering Committee.

Selected Publications

Feliciano, P., Zhou, X., Astrovskaya, I., Turner, T. N., Wang, T., Brueggeman, L., Barnard, R., Hsieh, A., Snyder, L. G., Muzny, D. M., Sabo, A., SPARK Consortium, Gibbs, R. A., Eichler, E. E., O'Roak, B.J., Michaelson, J. J., Volfovsky, N., Shen, Y., & Chung, W. K. (2019). Exome sequencing of 457 autism families recruited online provides evidence for autism risk genes. Npj Genomic Medicine, 4(1). doi: 10.1038/s41525-019-0093-8

Ewen, J. B., Marvin, A. R., Law, K., & Lipkin, P. H. (2019). Epilepsy and Autism Severity: A Study of 6,975 Children. Autism Research, 12(8), 1251–1259. doi: 10.1002/aur.2132

Houghton, R., Monz, B., Law, K., Loss, G., Scouiller, S. L., Vries, F. D., & Willgoss, T. (2019). Psychometric Validation of the Autism Impact Measure (AIM). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(6), 2559–2570. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04011-2

Andersen, A. M., Law, J. K., Marvin, A. R., & Lipkin, P. H. (2019). Elopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-03961-x

Taylor, J. L., Dawalt, L. S., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Lipkin, P. (2019). Sex differences in employment and supports for adults with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 23(7), 1711–1719. doi: 10.1177/1362361319827417

Monz, B. U., Houghton, R., Law, K., & Loss, G. (2019). Treatment patterns in children with autism in the United States. Autism Research, 12(3), 517–526. doi: 10.1002/aur.2070

Gordon-Lipkin, E., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Lipkin, P. H. (2018). Anxiety and Mood Disorder in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Pediatrics, 141(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1377

The SPARK Consortium. (2018). SPARK: A US Cohort of 50,000 Families to Accelerate Autism Research. Neuron, 97(3), 488-493. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.01.015

Kuhlthau, K. A., Bailey, L. C., Baer, B.L. , Coury, D.L., Law, J.K., Murray, D. S., Razzaghi, H., Forrest, C. B., & Lipkin, P. H. (2018). Large Databases for Pediatric Research on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(2), 168-176. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000534.

Marvin, A. R., Marvin, D. J., Lipkin, P. H., & Law, J. K. (2017). Analysis of Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) Screening for Children Less Than Age 4. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 4(4), 137–144. doi: 10.1007/s40474-017-0122-1

Cheak-Zamora, N. C., Farmer, J. E., Mayfield, W. A., Clark, M. J., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Law, P. A. (2014). Health care transition services for youth with autism spectrum disorders. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59(3), 340-348. doi: 10.1037/a0036725

Bent, S., Hendren, R. L., Zandi, T., Law, K., Choi, J.-E., Widjaja, F., Kalb, L., Nestle, J., & Law, P. (2014). Internet-Based, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Hyperactivity in Autism. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(6), 658–666. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2014.01.018

Farmer, J. E., Clark, M. J., Mayfield, W. A., Cheak-Zamora, N., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Law, P. A. (2013). The Relationship Between the Medical Home and Unmet Needs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(3), 672–680. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1292-z

Anderson, C., Law, J. K., Daniels, A., Rice, C., Mandell, D. S., Hagopian, L., & Law, P. A. (2012). Occurrence and Family Impact of Elopement in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics, 130(5), 870–877. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0762

Vasa, R. A., Anderson, C., Marvin, A. R., Rosenberg, R. E., Law, J. K., Thorn, J., Sarphare, G., & Law, P. A. (2012). Mood Disorders in Mothers of Children on the Autism Spectrum Are Associated with Higher Functioning Autism. Autism Research and Treatment, 2012, 1–8. doi: 10.1155/2012/435646