Connie Kasari, Ph.D.

Connie Kasari, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA. She is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs, and a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and has been actively involved in autism research for the past 25 years, leading projects under the CPEA, STAART, and Autism Centers of Excellence programs from NIH. Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and has been the primary advisor to more than 30 PhD students. Dr. Kasari is published widely on topics related to social, emotional, and communication development and intervention in autism. She is on the treatment advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

The Kasari Lab was established in 1997 and is part of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Connie Kasari, founder and director of the Kasari Lab, has been actively involved in autism research for over 25 years and is one of the world’s leading experts in autism research and treatment. The lab is currently involved in several randomized controlled trials, with the most recent work including multi-site studies. We offer diagnostic assessments, treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders, and opportunities to participate in our research studies. The Kasari Lab is devoted to creating interventions that are successful, backed by research, and able to be implemented in every day settings. Our current research focus is on social communication deficits found in children with ASD and peer relationships in school-aged children with ASD.

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