Karís Casagrande, PhD

Karís Casagrande (she/they), PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of community outreach at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and is an alum of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Clinically, she specializes in neurodevelopmental assessment, parent coaching models of intervention focused on behavior and social communication, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences. She is engaged in community outreach and capacity-building research and programming to improve access to and quality of care for individuals with autism and their families in their home communities. Previously, she was the president of a community non-profit advocacy group and worked with community organizations such as museums, theaters, and hotels to increase accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory and developmental differences. She is excited to continue engaging communities and improving accessibility in this new role at the Autism Center. 


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Autism Center, Seattle, WA 2021-2024
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2021-2023
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2016-2021
Predoctoral Internship, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, 2020-2021
MA, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2014-2016
BS, Cognitive Science, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2006-2010

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Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Recent Publications

The ethical imperative to honor autistic clients' autonomy in mental health treatment.
Front Psychiatry 14(): 1259025
McVey AJ, Glaves KJ, Seaver S, Casagrande KA

Positive Predictors of Life Satisfaction for Autistic College Students and Their Neurotypical Peers.
(2020 Jun 1)
Autism Adulthood 2(2): 163-170
Casagrande K, Frost KM, Bailey KM, Ingersoll BR

The relationship between social experience and subjective well-being in autistic college students: A mixed methods study.
(2020 Jul)
Autism 24(5): 1081-1092
Bailey KM, Frost KM, Casagrande K, Ingersoll B

Community providers' intentions to use a parent-mediated intervention for children with ASD following training: an application of the theory of planned behavior.
(2018 Oct 30)
BMC Res Notes 11(1): 777
Ingersoll B, Straiton D, Casagrande K, Pickard K

Validation of the modified checklist for Autism in toddlers, revised with follow-up (M-CHAT-R/F).
(2014 Jan)
Pediatrics 133(1): 37-45
Robins DL, Casagrande K, Barton M, Chen CM, Dumont-Mathieu T, Fein D

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