Kasari Team - Connie KasariConnie 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.


Kasari Team - Amanda GulsrudAmanda 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

Kasari Team - Steph Shire

Stephanie Shire, Ph.D.

Kasari Team - Ya-Chih (Jilly) Chang

Ya-Chih (Jilly) Chang, Ph.D.

Crystal Luna, Ph.D.

Graduate Student Researchers

Kasari Team - Alison Holbrook

Alison Holbrook

Justin Williams

Kasari Team - Lindsay Hauptman

Lindsay Hauptman

Amanda Dimachkie

Kasari Team - KC Berry

KC Berry

Wendy Shih

Kasari Team - Christina Kang

Christina Kang

Kasari Team - Kyle Sterrett

Kyle Sterrett

Kasari Team - Jonathan Panganiban

Jonathan Panganiban

Lauren Chaing

Research Assistants

Kasari Team - Amy Hererra

Aimee Herrera

Kasari Team - Christina Strawbridge

Christina Strawbridge

Kasari Team - Kiana Krolik

Kiana Krolik

Kasari Team - Alyssa Tan

Alyssa Tan

Francisco Reinosa

Kasari Team - Maria Pizzano

Maria Pizzano

Kasari Team - Andy Schlink

Andy Schlink

Kasari Team - Ivette Becerra

Ivette Becerra

Beth Donati

Jessie Goldblum

Administrative Staff

Consuelo Garcia

Kasari Team - Kenneth Tran

Kenneth Tran

Kasari Team - Liz Lizaola

Liz Lizaola

Gallery - Kasari group

Healthy African American Families Conference 2015 Kasari Lab UCLA research

Kasari Lab group

Kasari Lab at IMFAR 2015

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