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Cindy Schneider, MD
Center for Autism Research and Education
4045 East Union Hills Drive
Suite 116
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(602) 277-2273


Dr. Schneider is a unique healthcare provider who has established a reputation for responsible and effective management of patients who have not found relief through conventional treatment. Her areas of special interest include innovative nutritional, environmental, and detoxification interventions for a variety of complex conditions including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, Tourette's, and a wide range of neurological conditions. As the mother of two children with autism, Dr. Schneider offers both a medical and personal assessment of current and promising treatment options. She has designed and implemented multiple research studies relating to the treatment of autism and the identification of genetic risk factors for neurological disease and has collaborated with researchers worldwide.



Dr. Schneider has an integrative medical practice exclusively dedicated to individuals with autism and related neuro developmental conditions. She practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1990-1998. This background provided a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of fetal development and the dangers posed by environmental toxins, viral infections, and nutritional deficiencies. Her interest in nutrition, genetics, immunology, and toxicology is now applied to her general practice.

Dr. Schneider was the founding President of the Southwest Autism Research Center and previously served as its Co-Medical Director. She has also served as a Council Member of the World Autism Organization, Research Committee Member at the MIND Institute at the University of California, and Board Member of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Autism Society of America. She has been a member of the Defeat Autism Now Think Tank since 1997, a select group of physicians and researchers dedicated to accelerating the pace of autism research and its application to clinical practice. She has also been elected to the Defeat Autism Now! Clinician Advisory Panel. Dr. Schneider is the Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Autism Research and Education and Board President of the CARE Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of autism.




Lintas C, Sacco R, Garbett K, Mirnics K, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Curatolo P, Manzi B, Schneider C, Melmed R, Elia M, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Reichelt KL, Persico AM. Involvement of the PRKCB1 gene in autistic disorder: significant genetic association and reduced neocortical gene expression. Mol Psychiatry, 14(7):705-18, July 2009.

Rossignol D, Rossignol L, Smith S, Schneider C, Logerquist S, Usman A, Neubrander J, Madren E, Hintz G, Grushkin B and Mumper E. Hyperbaric treatment for children with autism: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 9(21) March 13, 2009.

Vojdani A, Mumper E, Granpeesheh D, Mielke L, Traver D, Bock K, Hirani K, Neubrander J, Woeller K, O'Hara N, Usman A, Schneider C, Hebroni F, Berookhim J, McCandless J. Low natural killer cell cytotoxic activity in autism: The role of glutathione, IL-2, and IL-15. J of Neuroimmunology, 205(1-2): 148-54, Dec 15, 2008.

Palmieri L, Papaleo V, Porcelli V, Scarcia P, Gaita L, Sacco R, Hager J, Rousseau F, Curatolo P, Manzi B, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Trillo S, Schneider C, Melmed R, Elia M, Lenti C, Saccani M, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allergra S, Reichelt K_L, and Persico AM. Altered calcium homeostasis in autism-spectrum disorders: evidence from biochemical and genetic studies of the mitochondrial aspartate/glutamate carrier AGC1. Molecular Psychiatry, July 8, 2008.

Sacco R, Militerni R, Frolli A, Bravaccio C, Gritti A, Elia M, Curatolo P, Manzi B, Trillo S, Lenti C, Saccani M, Schneider C, Melmed R, Reichelt K, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, and Persico A. Clinical, Morphological, and Biochemical Correlates of Head Circumference in Autism. Biological Psychiatry, 62(9): 1038-47, Nov 1, 2007.

Muscarella LA, Guarnieri V, Sacco R, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Trillo S, Schneider C, Melmed R, Elia M, Mascia ML, Rucci E, Piemontese MR, D'Agruma L, and Persico AM. HOXA1 Gene Variants Influence Head Growth Rates in Humans. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet, 144B(3): 388-90, April 2007.

Sacco R, Papaleo V, Hager J, Rousseau F, Moessner R, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Trillo S, Schneider C, et al. Case-Control and Family-Based Association Studies of Candidate Genes in Autistic Disorder and Its Endophenotypes: TPH2 and GLO1. BMC Medical Genetics, 8(11): 1471-2350, Mar 2007.

Campbell DB, Sutcliffe JS, Ebert PJ, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Trillo S, Elia M, Schneider C, Melmed R, Sacco R, and Persico AM. A Genetic Variant That Disrupts MET Transcription is Associated with Autism. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 103(45): 16834-9, Nov 2006.

Schneider CK, Melmed RD, Enriquez FJ, Barstow LE, Ranger-Moore J, and Ostrem JA. Oral Human Immunoglobulin in Autistic Gastrointestinal Dysfunction: A Prospective, Open-Label Study. Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(8):1053-64, Nov 2006.

D'Amelio M, Ricci I, Sacco R, Liu X, D'Agruma L, Muscarella LA, Guarnierei V, Militerni R, Braccio C, Elia M, Schneider CK, Melmed RD, Trillo S, Pascucci R, Puglisi-Allegra S, Reichelt K-L, Macciardi F, Holden JJA, and Persico AM. Paraoxonase Gene Variants are associated with Autism in North America, but not in Italy: Possible Regional Specificity in Gene-Environment Interactions. Molecular Psychiatry, 10: 1006-1016, 2005.

Persico AM, D'Agruma L, Zelante L, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Schneider C, Melmed R, Trillo S, Montecchi F, et. al. Enhanced APOE2 Transmission Rates in Families with Autistic Probands. Psychiatric Genetics, 14(2): 73-82, Jun 2004.

Conciatori M, Stodgell CJ, Hyman SL, O'Bara M, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Trillo S, Montecchi F, Schneider C, Melmed R, Elia M, et. al. Association between the HOXA1 A218G Polymorphism and Increased Head Circumference in Patients with Autism. Biological Psychiatry, 55(4): 413-419, 2004.

Persico AM, D'Agruma L, Maiorano N, Totaro A, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Wassink TH, Schneider C, Melmed R, Trillo S, Monteccchi F, Palermo M, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Reichelt KL, Conciatori M, Marino R, Baldi A, Zelante L, Gasparini P, and Keller F. Reelin Gene Alleles and Haplotypes as a Factor Predisposing to Autistic Disorder. Molecular Psychiatry, 6: 150-159, 2000.

Persico AM, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Schneider CK, Melmed RD, Trillo S, Montecchi F, Palermo M, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Reichelt K, Conciatori M, Baldi A, and Keller F. Adenosine Deaminase (ADA) Alleles and Autistic Disorder: Case-Control and Family Based Association Studies. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 96:784-790, 2000.

Persico AM, Militerni R, Bravaccio C, Schneider CK, Melmed RD, Conciatori M, Damiani V, Baldi A, and Keller F. Lack of Association between Serotonin Transporter Gene Promotor Variants and Autistic Disorder in Two Ethnically Distinct Samples. Americal Journal of Medical Genetics, 96:123-127, 2000.

Fabes RA, Martin CL, Melmed RD, and Schneider CK. Helping Children with Autism and their Families: University-Community Efforts. In T Chiburos and R Lerner (Eds), Successful University Community Relationships, 144-150, 1999. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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