Roy Sanders, M.D., is Medical Director of The Marcus Autism Center. Additionally at The Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Sanders serves as Director of Psychiatric Services and Medical Director, Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center. Dr. Sanders is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine.

After training, Dr. Sanders was a faculty member with Vanderbilt University, working with developmentally disabled children and adults and several other specialty populations. Additionally, he taught at the medical school, specializing in subjects related to sexuality in disabled and chronically ill persons. He was involved in teaching emergency psychiatric care to interns and residents, and he was the director of the Vanderbilt University Schizophrenia Clinic.

In 1993, Dr. Sanders became the medical director for the Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville. For six years, he led the effort to create a comprehensive system of care for chronically mentally ill adults and children that included outpatient, inpatient and mobile crisis care for the city. He continued as adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University, and was involved in research and teaching at Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee University College of Medicine and the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.

In 1999, Dr. Sanders and his family moved to Cooperstown, N.Y., where he continued to work with children and adults with developmental disabilities through the Upstate Home for Children and Adults, Pathfinder Village for people living with Down syndrome and the Herkimer County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He also ran a child psychiatric clinic at Bassett Healthcare, a comprehensive healthcare facility affiliated with Columbia University Medical School. He continued to lecture and teach colleagues, medical students and residents from Columbia as well as the New England School of Osteopathic Medicine.

In 2002, Dr. Sanders accepted a position with the DeKalb County Community Service Board in Georgia to help develop a comprehensive system of care for the children of DeKalb County. In this process, he was affiliated with the juvenile court system and the foster care system in DeKalb County. He was subsequently asked to join the faculty of Marcus Autism Center and has been working to develop comprehensive psychiatric services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Sanders is committed to developing a comprehensive and humane system of care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He is active in several community organizations aimed at making full inclusion a reality in our community.

Dr. Sanders is a devoted father of two wonderful boys one of whom has been diagnosed with Autistic Disorder. His family is featured in his book How to Talk to Parents About Autism. New York: W.W. Norton & Company 2008.


Recent Publications and Presentations
Sanders, R.Q. Issues in Open Adoptions. Families First, Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 7, 2007.
Sanders, R.Q. Psychopharmacology in Children and Adolescents. Community Connections Foster Care Training, Atlanta, Ga. Aug. 25, 2007.
Sanders, R.Q. Psychopharmacology Interventions for People with Developmental Disabilities. Peachford Hospital. Atlanta, Ga. July 20, 2007.
Sanders, R.Q. Psychopharmacology Interventions for Autism. Grand Rounds Columbus Regional Medical Center Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, Columbus, Ga. July 19, 2007.