Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD

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Dell Med Directory Bio: Audrey Braumback


University of Colorado, MD

University of Colorado, PhD, Neuroscience


Residency, Child Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Clinical Biography

Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD, is a board-certified pediatric neurologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s, a clinical partnership between Dell Children's Medical Center and UT Health Austin. She specializes in the care of patients with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. Additionally, Dr. Brumback is an assistant professor in both the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology and the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Brumback earned both her medical degree and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Colorado. She completed a residency in child neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. While pursuing her doctorate, she studied how the electrical activity of the infant brain is fundamentally different than that of the adult brain. Her postdoctoral training focused on understanding developmental brain conditions, such as autism, that lie at the interface of neurology, psychiatry, developmental behavioral pediatrics, and basic neurosciences. At Dell Children’s Medical Center she leads a team of researchers, who work to understand how changes in the brain’s electrical activity cause the symptoms that many people with these disorders experience.

Dr. Brumback is a prolific writer and researcher. She is also a nationally recognized expert in the clinical assessment and management of autism spectrum disorders and related disorders. Her long-term research goal is to develop therapies for the clinical features of neurodevelopmental conditions that cause disability. Working toward this goal, her current work in her laboratory is focused on functionally mapping the thalamocortical network involved in autism.

Dr. Brumback is a pediatric neurologist with UT Health Austin.


  • Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

Board Certification

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology

Awards & Honors

  • Board of Directors, Child Neurology Society
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, Pediatric Neurology, Progress in Neurobiology, and Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
  • Founding Faculty Advisor for Society for Advancing Gender Equity in STEM (SAGES), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Inaugural member of the Leadership, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Child Neurology Society, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD, Medical Student Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award, Child Neurology Society
  • Ravin Family Award, American Medical Women's Association Florence Sabin Branch Awards
  • Stroup Family Award in Pediatric Epilepsy Research, Johns Hopkins University
  • Training coordinator, Autism Consortium of Texas Program on Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ACT LEND)


  • UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s - Neurology Clinic
    Dell Children's Specialty Pavilion
    4910 Mueller Blvd.
    Austin, TX 78723
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  • UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s - Neurology Clinic - Far West
    Far West Medical Tower
    6811 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 400
    Austin, TX 78731
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Clinical Research/Studies

Dr. Brumback runs the Brumback Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research primarily focuses on autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research has been generously supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health and SETBP1 Society.


News and Interviews

  • Spectrum News (November 3, 2021)
    Dr. Brumback answers questions about her lab, what drives her research, her interest in autism, and more. Read the interview transcription here.
  • Spectrum News (January 11, 2021)
    Coverage of Dr. Brumback’s work (“Circuit linking prefrontal cortex and brain’s relay station regulates social behavior in mice”) being present at the Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome. Read about it here.
  • Inside Science (April 3, 2020)
    Dr. Brumback discusses the challenges associated with autism, the causes of autism, and her dedication to finding new therapies to treat autism. Watch here.