Kara L. Thorsen, Ph.D.

Kara was a doctoral student in Psychopathology working with Dr. Goldberg in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior.

Kara’s research focuses on several topics related to the early detection of autism spectrum disorders. She has examined the consistency between sources of information used to quantify behavior in domains that are of particular importance to autism in infants and toddlers. Additionally, she has investigated the influence of context on the behavior of young children with autism. More recently, she is interested in the improvement of early recognition of autism using an innovative parent training method.

Kara completed her dissertation in 2011, which focused on evaluating the effectiveness of a parent training DVD to improve of mothers’ knowledge and recognition of typical and atypical behaviors that may be very early indicators of autism in infancy.

She is currently a Psychology Instructor at the University of California, Irvine and Soka University of America.