Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center


Kasari, Connie, Ph.D.


Social-emotional development of children with autism and of children with Down syndrome.


  • Department of Education & Information Studies Education Faculty Education Studies Minor Human Development & Psychology Special Education


The overarching emphasis of Kasari’s academic career has been the development, evaluation, and dissemination of empirically supported assessment and treatment methods for high-risk children and children with established disabilities.

Her early work focused on the social and emotional abilities of children at risk due to prenatal alcohol exposure, and children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, including autism.

Her current work is focused on specific interventions aimed at improving social and emotional development in these high- risk populations.


  1. Brown, H, Swain, D, Kim, HW, Rogers, S, Estes, A, Kasari, C et al.. Examining variability in Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention strategy use in caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2024; :. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13994. PubMed PMID:38719439 .
  2. Cohenour, T, Dickinson, A, Jeste, S, Gulsrud, A, Kasari, C. Patterns of spontaneous neural activity associated with social communication abilities among infants and toddlers showing signs of autism. Eur J Neurosci. 2024; :. doi: 10.1111/ejn.16358. PubMed PMID:38703054 .
  3. Gulsrud, AC, Shih, W, Paparella, T, Kasari, C. Comparative efficacy of an early intervention "parent and me" program for infants showing signs of autism: The Baby JASPER model. Infant Behav Dev. 2024;76 :101952. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2024.101952. PubMed PMID:38678861 .
  4. La Valle, C, Shen, L, Shih, W, Kasari, C, Lord, C, Tager-Flusberg, H et al.. Real-time coded measures in natural language samples capture change over time in minimally verbal autistic children. Autism Res. 2024; :. doi: 10.1002/aur.3142. PubMed PMID:38670930 .
  5. McDonald, NM, Jacobs, S, Hyde, C, Kasari, C, Jeste, SS. Measurement of Developmental and Behavioral Concerns in Toddlers With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Pediatr Neurol. 2024;155 :62-67. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2024.03.014. PubMed PMID:38603983 .
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