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 characteristics found in children with ASD and peer relationships in school-aged children with ASD.
Our team is conducting a wide range of research studies for children with ASD targeting social skills, communication, joint attention gestures, and a number of other difficulties common to children with ASD. Our studies take place in the lab or in the child’s home, school, or community in the Los Angeles area. We provide diagnostic evaluations, as well as cognitive and communication assessments for those participating in our studies.
The Kasari Lab is committed to serving the diverse group of children that make up the autism community. In order to ensure that treatments are relevant, we must address the challenges of ASD across each aspect of development and social context and come up with treatment plans that are adaptable enough to meet the needs of the child, flexible enough to be implemented in a wide range of settings, and sustainable enough to effect long term change.
The Kasari Lab works closely with local community members, not only to share our findings, but to shape current and future treatments. Our goal is to learn more about the specific challenges faced in the school, home, and community settings and to create interventions that address these needs. We believe that interventions must be research-based, accessible for people in the community, and expansive enough to impact a wide range of children.