Distinguished Professor, Human Development & Psychology,
GSE&IS and Center for Autism Research & Treatment,
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA
Dr. Connie Kasari is Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles. 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 70 PhD students. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA.
Her research aims to development novel, evidence-tested interventions implemented in community settings. Recent projects include targeted treatments for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with autism. She leads several large multi-site studies including a network on interventions for minimally verbal school aged children with ASD, and a network that aims to increase equity in access to interventions for children with ASD who are under-represented in research trials. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Dr. Kasari is serving as President of INSAR – the International Society for Autism Research.