Connie Kasari, Ph.D. is a 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. She 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 has a wide range of publications 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.
Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Gulsrud received a B.A. in Psychology and History at UCLA and her Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in the Education division of the Department of Education at UCLA. She completed a postdoctoral internship at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and was awarded her license in Clinical Psychology in 2011. She is currently a co-investigator in the recently awarded ACE Center grant examining the early treatment response, including biomarkers, and developmental trajectories of children 12- 21 months of age at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Gulsrud has been awarded the Autism Speaks Top 10 Research Achievements in 2010 and again in 2012.
Postdoctoral Research Associates
Stephanie Shire, Ph.D.
Themba Carr, Ph.D.
Ya-Chih (Jilly) Chang, Ph.D.
Crystal Luna, Ph.D.
Graduate Student Researchers