Dr. Ricki Robinson is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California.  She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC and Senior Attending Physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  She has been in private pediatric practice for over 30 years, specializing in children with developmental delays for over twenty years.

Dr. Robinson received her M.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California.  She trained in pediatrics at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, having served as Chief Pediatric Resident for CHLA in 1976.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics.  In 1988 she received her MPH from the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health.

She has been actively involved in the field of autism since 1990, developing  multidisciplinary educational and medical programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and devoting endless hours in education, legislation and research efforts on a national level.  She is a founding board member of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks) and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and currently serves on the Scientific Review Panel of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy organization.  Dr. Robinson organized and chaired the first nationally recognized task force to define the standard of care for clinical trials in autism.  The results of this outstanding effort were published in CNS Spectrums (January 2004, Vol. 9, #1).

A nationally sought-after expert,
Dr. Robinson has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America Health in support of the needs of children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Lisa Oz Show
Oprah Radio
April 27, 2011

Air Talk with Larry Mantle
KPCC Radio 89.3
Wednesday, April 20 10:00 a.m.

The Talk  - April 15, 2011

The Today Show - April 2005

Good Morning America Health
April 9, 2009

View Youtube video interview from Autistic-Like: Graham's Story (right).  Click on links below to view prior interviews with Dr. Robinson.


April 1, 2017 - Pasadena, CA
Profectum Foundation 5th International Conference
Celebrating Creativity in Autism
From Neuroscience to...The DIR-FCD Model in Action!

Select Past Events:

March 2016 - - Pasadena, CA
Profectum Foundation's 4th International Conference
The Mind Body Approach: Caring for the Whole Child in ASD and Mental Health Treatment

March 2015 - - Pasadena, CA
Profectum Foundation's 3rd International Conference
Presume Competence:  The Foundation for Creating a Meaningful Life for Those With Autism or Other Special Needs

March 2014 - - Pasadena, CA
Profectum Foundation's 2nd International Conference

February 2, 2013 - - FL
Profectum Foundation and CasaBlanca Adademy Conference - Autism Solutions: Pathways to Progress

March 8, 2013  - - Anaheim, CA
Lindamood-Bell 18th International Conference:
Creating a Meaningful Life for Every Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 12-14, 2013 - - Pasadena, CA
Profectum Foundation's 1st International Conference
Making the Autism Diagnosis;
Finding Solutions for Complex Problems;
The Quest for the Perfect ASD Medical Intervention

November 18, 2012 - - Boston, MA
Learning and the Brain Conference on Diverse Minds and Brains:
Preparing Children with Autism for Success in the 21st Century 

October 24, 2012  - - Phoenix, AZ
American Academy of Optometry - Keynote Address: Clinical Face of Autism

August 3, 2012 - - Columbus, OH
Keynote address @ Autism Speaks National Conference
Keynote address: Caring for the Whole Child with ASD: A Comprehensive Approach to Creating a Healthy and Meaningful Life

June 27, 2011 - - New Orleans, LA
Association of Library Service to Children @ the American Library Association Annual Conference
Keynote Address

September 25, 2011 - - New York
Profectum Foundation Inaugural Conference
Behavior As Communication in ASD: What Your Child is Really Telling You

October 15, 2011 - - Burbank, CA
DIR Floortime Coalition of CA Conference
Autism and Anxiety: The Perfect Storm

October 22, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA
Help Group SUMMIT 2011
Behavior As Communication in ASD: What Your Child is Really Telling You

November 3,2011 - - Los Angeles
Vista Del Mar Third Annual Autism Conference for Professionals and Families
Creating a Healthy and Meaningful Life
for Your Child