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Dr. Connie Kasari

California University Los Angeles (UCLA)


Connie Kasari, Ph.D. is Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.  She is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs, including the Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health funded by HRSA and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network grant focused on interventions for school aged minimally verbal children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her research projects also include early interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism funded by NIH and Autism Speaks. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA.  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 40 PhD students.  She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA.  Her current research focuses on developing targeted interventions for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with 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.