Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Laugeson is the Director of The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance, which is a collaborative research initiative between The Help Group and the UCLA Semel Institute, dedicated to developing and expanding applied clinical research in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. She is also the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Program, which is an outpatient clinic providing parent-assisted social skills training for youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social impairments.
Dr. Laugeson has been a principal investigator and collaborator on a number of NIH and CDC-funded studies investigating social skills training for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities from preschool to late adolescence and is the co-developer of an evidence-based social skills intervention for teens known as PEERS. She was the two-time recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH from 2004-2207, recipient of the Semel Scholar Award for Junior Faculty Career Development in 2008, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University in 2010. Dr. Laugeson has presented her research at international conferences throughout the world including the U.S., England, Italy, Canada, and Australia. Her work has been featured on national and international media outlets such as People Magazine, USA Today, the LA Times, New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, just to name a few.
Title: The Science of Teaching Social Skills to High-Functioning Teens and Adults with ASD: The UCLA PEERS Program
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session: Session #7