Elise Robinson is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Robinson’s research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of behavior and cognition. She is interested in using genetic data to understand the biology of neurodevelopmental variation and to study differences within and between neuropsychiatric disorders. The Robinson lab uses techniques from statistical genetics and epidemiology to study how common and rare genetic risk factors for severe neuropsychiatric disorders may differ and develops approaches for examining these questions in large samples. They also study how behavioral, cognitive and medical outcomes can be used to untangle diagnostic heterogeneity.
Robinson received an Sc.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral training at MGH and the Broad Institute, using statistical genetic approaches to study neurodevelopmental disorders.