Assistant Professor of Human Genetics

The simple acts of falling asleep and staying asleep that many of us take for granted can be an enormous hurdle for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. A former orphan adopted by a Brooklyn, New York family, Margaret C. Souders is a self-described “fighter” who now advocates for children whose neurodevelopmental conditions keep them from speaking for themselves. Today, she creates interventions to help children with autism and speaks nationally and internationally on autism and its treatment.

“The genes for circadian rhythms may be implicated in autism. It’s exciting to see the sleep-autism connection and to advocate for children and families.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1981