The making of a field: the development of comorbid psychopathology research for persons with intellectual disabilities and autism

Johnny L. Matson, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, 236 Audubon Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, United States. Electronic address:
Lindsey W. Williams


Knowledge in the area of developmental disabilities has been expanding rapidly. One area that has received particular attention is the topic of related comorbid conditions. This phenomenon is not exclusive to the field of developmental disabilities. However, research with this population is of recent origin. The purpose of this paper is to review the origins of this field including some of the notable developments and potential future trends.