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Dr. Kari Sassu

Sassu 2017

Kari Sassu, Ph.D., NCSP
(203) 392-5912

Office: Buley 226

Kari Sassu, Ph.D., NCSP, is the Director of the Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and an Associate Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology department. For two years, she served as the Coordinator of Development in the Center, during which time she contributed to the development of workshops and training modules for school-based personnel who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).  Dr. Sassu has worked with individuals with ASDs in public schools and private settings, conducting assessments, developing individualized plans, and providing supports that capitalize on individual strengths. Over the course of her career, Dr. Sassu has had the opportunity to serve varied populations in multiple settings.  Her professional experience includes service as a public school psychology practitioner in the K-12 setting, providing in-patient rehabilitation counseling to adult patients with dual diagnoses in a residential setting, and conducting neuropsychological evaluations of children and young adults within a practice of clinical psychologists. Dr. Sassu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychological Services, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master’s degree and Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and holds certifications as both a school psychologist and a school administrator in the state of Connecticut. Beyond her work in academia, Dr. Sassu serves her local community as a member and the secretary of her town’s Board of Education.  She is the mother of three children, one of whom has an ASD.


Sassu. K. A. (2017, February). Executive function and autism spectrum disorder in the schools. Invited presentation delivered at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Westchester Autism Conference, Tarrytown, NY.

O’Brien, R., Gelbar, N., Bray, M.A., Sassu, K., & O’Rourke, P. (2016, November). A comparison of the errors made by identified gifted students to similar, but non-identified students on the KTEA-3. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children  (NAGC), Orlando, FL. 

Sassu, K. A. (2016, October). Practical approaches to improving executive function in individuals with autism. Invited presentation delivered at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities’ 16th Annual Autism Conference, Albany, NY.

Bray, M. A., Kehle, T. J., Root, M. R., Sassu, K.A., Theodore, L. A., & Bracken, B. (2016). Interventions for asthma in children and adolescents. In Theodore, L.A. (ed.), Handbook of Applied Interventions for Children and Adolescents.  NY: Springer. ISBN: 9780826127945

Sassu, K. A. (2016, March). Executive function in autism spectrum disorder. Invited presentation delivered at the 26th Annual Bridging Communities Conference on Autism. New Haven, CT.

Pagirsky, M.S., Koriakin, T.A., Avitia, M., Costa, M., Marchis, L., Maykel, C., Sassu, K., Bray, M. A., & Pan, X. (2016).  Do the kinds of achievement errors made by students diagnosed with ADHD vary as a function of their reading ability? Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34(6), 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/0734282916669020

Stewart, C., Root, M., Koriakin, T., Choi, D., Luria, S., Bray, M., Sassu, K., Maykel, C., O’Rourke, P. &  Courville, T. (2016). Gender differences in students’ errors on math achievement tests.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 1-10.  DOI: 10.1177/0734282916669913

Maykel, C., Bray, M., Gelbar, N., Caterino, L., Avitia, M., Sassu, K., & Root, M. (2016). Psychologically-based therapies to improve lung functioning in students with asthma.  The International Journal of School and Educational Psychology.  doi: 10.1080/21683603.2016.1130577

Maykel, C., Sassu, K., Bray, M. A., & Kehle, T. J.  (2016).  Single subject, multiple baseline design: Using mindfulness interventions with co-occurring asthma and anxiety.   Research Methods Cases.  Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Sassu, K. A., Gelbar, N., Bray. M.A. & Kehle, T. J. (2015, October).  Neuropsychological assessment: Bridging clinical and school-based practices. School Psychology Forum, 9, 269-276.

Sassu, K. A., Bray, M. A., LaSalle, T., Sanetti, L. H., & Proctor, S. (2015, August). Evaluating professional dispositions within graduate training programs. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, Canada.