Dr. Hicks is a physician scientist at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He received his MD/PhD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2012, and completed his residency training in pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital, in Syracuse New York. As a general pediatrician, Dr. Hicks provides medical care for families and children from birth through 21 years of age. His clinical expertise includes neurodevelopment, with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Hicks’ research examines a multitude of factors that impact child development. In particular, he studies the biologic composition of human milk and its relationship with infant growth, immune functioning, and brain development.