Dr. Carlson has more than 35 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Carlson began her career as a special education teacher and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining UTBS, Dr. Carlson served as the Vice President of day and residential programs at the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also served as Clinical Director of the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, MA, and as Education Director of the Autism Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has served as Director of the Autism Inclusion Project at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, NY, providing technical assistance and training to public schools to build capacity to serve students with autism spectrum disorders. She is an expert panelist on the National Standards Project, a review of evidence-based practices in the treatment of autism, produced by the National Autism Center. Actively committed to training young professionals in the field, Dr. Carlson has served as an adjunct faculty member in several graduate programs in behavior analysis. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, her publications have been translated for foreign audiences.
Dr. Carlson’s professional interests include promoting evidence-based practice and identifying evidence-based interventions across the life-span, effective family supports, skill development to support natural learning in young children with ASD, and effective and efficient staff training.