Kari Sassu, Ph.D., NCSP, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders and a Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology department at SCSU. She 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. Her professional experience includes service as a public-school psychology practitioner, coordinating the implementation of system-wide Positive Behavioral Supports across multiple school districts, and conducting neuropsychological evaluations of children and young adults within a practice of clinical psychologists. She is a licensed psychologist, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), and holds certifications as both a school psychologist and a school administrator in the state of Connecticut. Dr. Sassu is the mother of three children, one of whom has an ASD.