Connie Kasari



Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Social-emotional and cognitive development in atypical children
  • Randomized control treatment studies of social and communication behavior in children with autism

Current Research Projects: NICHD:  Project 4 of Autism Center of Excellence, Promoting communication in toddlers with autism: NIMH: Collaborative RO1 Interventions for Communication in Autism Network; HRSA:  Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health; Autism Speaks:  Characterizing Cognition in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism; Autism Speaks:  Optimizing Communication Outcomes in Infants at Risk for Autism

Select Publications

Kasari, C., Freeman, S., & Paparella, T. (2006). Joint attention and symbolic play in young children with autism: A randomized controlled intervention study. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 47, 611-620.

Chamberlain, B.,,  Kasari, C. & Rotheram, E.  (2007). Isolation or involvement?  The social networks of children with autism in regular classes.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 230-242.

Kasari, C., Paparella, T, Freeman, S.N., & Jahromi, L (2008).  Language outcome in autism: Randomized comparison of joint attention and play interventions.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 125-137.

Kasari, C., Locke, J., Gulsrud, A., & Rotheram-Fuller, E. (2010, in press).  Social networks and friendships at school:  Comparing children with and without autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Kasari, C., & Lawton, K (2010, in press).  New directions in behavioral treatment of autism spectrum disorders.  Current Opinion in Neurology.


Connie Kasari
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