Paulina Buffle

PaulinaBuffle.jpgDr. Paulina Buffle is a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Sensori-Motor Affective and Social Development at the University of Geneva. Her career as a scientist is driven by a particular interest in promoting early identification and intervention in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Buffle’s research involves Eye-tracking and behavioral paradigms in order to investigate visual orientation towards social stimuli in children, as well as participatory research to optimize and customize ASD detection procedures and case-management in pediatric settings.

Her diverse clinical and research training, as well as exposure to different cultures during her professional practice, have raised interest in the cultural factor’s impact on ASD identification and intervention's processes (Autism in a Global Context). During her stay in Ecuador, Dr. Buffle has worked towards understanding the perceptions of autism symptoms in mainstream and professional settings. She has also disseminated knowledge on different evidence-based practices. She is currently working to understand the adaptability of early intervention in group contexts, as well as on the use of telehealth methods to improve access to services for individuals with ASD and their families.


Fluent in French, Spanish, and English, she is currently leading different projects in Switzerland and Ecuador.

Additionally, she is a certified professional in ADOS-2 and ADI-R, trained in different neuropsychological and developmental batteries, and provides clinical consultation in different countries.


Keywords: Autism, ASD Diagnosis, ASD Intervention, Eye-tracking, Telehealth, Pediatric settings, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Autismo en Ecuador, Autism in a Global Context.

Palabras clave: Autismo, Diagnóstico, Intervención, Eye-tracking, Telemedicina, Contextos Pediátricos, Trastornos del Neurodesarrollo, Telesalud, Autismo en Ecuador, Autismo en un Contexto Global.


Laboratory of Sensorimotor, Affective and Social Development (SMAS)
Université de Genève
Uni Mail, 40 Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve
1211 Genève 4

Office M4152
Email: Paulina.Buffle(at)unige.ch 
Phone: (+) 41 22 379 81 16

Recent Publications


Publication in scientific journals

Buffle, P., Gentaz, E., & Vivanti, G. (2022). Perception, beliefs and causal attribution of autism early signs in Ecuadorian general population. Frontiers in Psychology, 3715. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.915817

Buffle, P., Naranjo, A., Gentaz, E., & Vivanti, G. (2022). Experiences and Attitudes on Early Identification Practices of Autism: A Preliminary Survey of Pediatric Professionals in Ecuador. Children, 9(2), 123.

Buffle, P., & Naranjo, D. (2021). Identificación y diagnóstico tempranos del trastorno del espectro autista: una revisión de la literatura sobre recomendaciones basadas en la evidencia. [Early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: a literature review on evidence-based recommendations: Narrative Review.] Ecuadorian Journal of Pediatrics, 22(3), Article 23:1-19. https://doi.org/10.52011/113

Buffle, P., Cavadini, T., Posada, A., & Gentaz, E. (2021). A study on visual preference for social stimuli in typical Ecuadorian preschoolers as a contribution to the identification of autism risk factors. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-87888-3

Dukes, D., Van Herwegen, J., Alessandri, M., Bölte, S., Buffle, P., … Samson, A. C. (2021). February 16). Introducing the COVID-19 crisis Special Education Needs Coping Survey. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/rtswa

Book chapter

Buffle, P. (2020). Autism in Ecuador, in Volkmar F. Ed., The Encyclopaedia of Autism, NY, Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102532-1

Book translation

Lejeune, F., Gentaz, E. (2017). El niño prematuro, desarrollo cognitivo y emocional. Translated by Paulina Buffle, Asociación Ecuatoriana de Pediatría.

Oral communications

Buffle P., Gentaz E., (2019). Perception of autism screening tools in paediatric contexts: An exploratory study in an Ecuadorian sample. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Regional Meeting, Puerto Varas, Chile.


3 questions à Paulina Buffle, docteur associée au BabyLab à l'UNIGE | Radio Lac, 11.10.2021

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders early diagnosis and intervention
  • Validation of culturally adapted tools of screening and diagnosis of autism
  • Use of Eye-Tracking for the evaluation of socio-cognitive abilities in clinical and typical populations
  • Telehealth for evaluation of certain aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Telehealth for families of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Socio-cognitive development in typical and clinical populations
  • Neuro-cognitive development of individuals with autism
  • Neuro-cognitive development of pre-term new-born children


  • French, Spanish, English (fluent)
  • Italian, Portuguese (working knowledge)
  • German (basic school knowledge)