Elizabeth A Laugeson

Title(s)HS Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
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    Pepperdine University, Malibu, CADoctorate Clinical Psychology
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    National Institutes of Health2004  - 2005Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    National Institutes of Health2006  - 2007Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    UCLA The Friends of the Semel Institute2008  - 2009Semel Scholar Award
    Pepperdine University2010  - 2011Distinguished Alumnus Award

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    Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Laugeson is the Director of the UCLA Tarjan Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for individuals from preschool to adulthood. She also serves as the Program Director for the Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at UCLA. Dedicated to supporting those with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, she has also held positions as Founding Director of The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance (2007 – 2017), Training Director for the UCLA Tarjan Center (2014 – 2021), Director of the UCLA Early Childhood Clubhouse Program (2007 – 2010), and Associate Director for the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Training Program (2007 – 2010).

    Dr. Laugeson received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship in developmental disabilities at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She was a two-time recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2004 and 2006, the recipient of the Semel Scholar Award for Junior Faculty Career Development in 2008 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University in 2010. Dr. Laugeson has been a principal investigator and collaborator on a number of nationally funded studies investigating social skills training for youth with social difficulties from preschool to early adulthood and has authored four books related to social skills including the critically acclaimed, The Science of Making Friends.

    As the developer of PEERS, Dr. Laugeson has trained tens of thousands of mental

    health professionals, educators, and families worldwide, and is dedicated to developing, testing, and disseminating evidence-based treatments to improve social skills for individuals across the lifespan and across the globe. As one of the only empirically supported and internationally recognized social skills programs for neurodivergent youth, her programs are currently used in over 150 countries and have been translated into over a dozen languages. Her work has been featured is numerous media outlets, including People Magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, LA Times, New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and the Emmy award winning Netflix series, Love on the Spectrum.

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    1. Enhancing social outcomes in autistic youth: Assessing the impact of PEERS® booster sessions. Res Dev Disabil. 2024 Apr; 147:104698. Fatta LM, Bianchi D, Laugeson EA, Veytsman E, Romano G, Laghi F, Scattoni ML. PMID: 38401194.
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    2. Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Italy: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Social Skills Intervention for Autistic Adolescents. J Autism Dev Disord. 2024 Jan 08. Fatta LM, Laugeson EA, Bianchi D, Italian Peers® team support group, Laghi F, Scattoni ML. PMID: 38190054.
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    3. Parent perspectives on treatment: A mixed methods analysis of PEERS® for Preschoolers. Autism. 2024 Feb; 28(2):390-402. Tripathi I, Moody CT, Laugeson EA. PMID: 37306138; PMCID: PMC10851630.
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    4. Fostering Friendship and Dating Skills Among Adults on the Autism Spectrum: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Polish Version of the PEERS® for Young Adults Curriculum. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Apr 12. Platos M, Wojaczek K, Laugeson EA. PMID: 37043040; PMCID: PMC10090714.
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    5. Remote PEERS® for preschoolers: A pilot parent-mediated social skills intervention for young children with social challenges over telehealth. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:1008485. Factor RS, Glass L, Baertschi D, Laugeson EA. PMID: 36523874; PMCID: PMC9745198.
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    6. PEERS® for Preschoolers preliminary outcomes and predictors of treatment response. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Dec; 53(12):4671-4684. Antezana L, Albright J, Scarpa A, Richey JA, Laugeson EA, Factor RS. PMID: 36103076; PMCID: PMC10011023.
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    7. Effects of Social Skills Training for Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: a Randomized Controlled Trial of the Polish Adaptation of the PEERS® Intervention via Hybrid and In-Person Delivery. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Nov; 53(11):4132-4146. Platos M, Wojaczek K, Laugeson EA. PMID: 36001196; PMCID: PMC9399988.
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    8. Program evaluation of an adapted PEERS® social skills program in young adults with autism spectrum disorder and/or mild intellectual impairment and social skills difficulties. J Eval Clin Pract. 2023 02; 29(1):126-135. Honan I, Sharp N, McIntyre S, Smithers-Sheedy H, Balde I, Quinn K, Morgan M, Rothery S, Butchers T, Laugeson EA. PMID: 35927973; PMCID: PMC10946497.
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    9. A pilot study of PEERS® for Careers: A comprehensive employment-focused social skills intervention for autistic young adults in the United States. Res Dev Disabil. 2022 Sep; 128:104287. Moody CT, Factor RS, Gulsrud AC, Grantz CJ, Tsai K, Jolliffe M, Rosen NE, McCracken JT, Laugeson EA. PMID: 35772303.
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    10. Efficacy of PEERS® for Adolescents via Telehealth Delivery. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Dec; 52(12):5232-5242. Estabillo JA, Moody CT, Poulhazan SJ, Adery LH, Denluck EM, Laugeson EA. PMID: 35624224; PMCID: PMC9137447.
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    11. Examining Feasibility and Outcomes of the PEERS® for Preschoolers Program. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 May; 53(5):1821-1833. Factor RS, Rea HM, Laugeson EA, Scarpa A. PMID: 35267147.
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    12. Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills for adolescents with an acquired brain injury: A randomized controlled trial. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2022 06; 64(6):771-779. Gilmore R, Ziviani J, Mcintyre S, Smithers Sheedy H, Hilton N, Williams T, Chatfield MD, Laugeson E, Sakzewski L, Friends Project Group. PMID: 35092016.
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    13. An Initial Pilot Study Examining Child Social Skills, Caregiver Styles, and Family Functioning in the PEERS® for Preschoolers Program for Young Autistic Children and their Caregivers. Res Dev Disabil. 2022 Feb; 121:104152. Factor RS, Rea HM, Dahiya AV, Albright J, Ollendick TH, Laugeson EA, Scarpa A. PMID: 34942441.
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    14. A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Korean Version of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills for Young Adults (PEERS®-YA-K) With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Study. Front Psychiatry. 2021; 12:730448. Oh M, Laugeson E, Kim JH, Lee K, Kim J, Lee S, Lim B, Cha S, Bong G, Yoon NH, Bahn GH, Yoo HJ. PMID: 34690837; PMCID: PMC8526555.
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    15. Long-Term Treatment Outcomes of PEERS® for Preschoolers: A Parent-Mediated Social Skills Training Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Jun; 52(6):2610-2626. Tripathi I, Estabillo JA, Moody CT, Laugeson EA. PMID: 34302574; PMCID: PMC9114088.
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    16. Effectiveness, durability, and clinical correlates of the PEERS social skills intervention in young adults with autism spectrum disorder: the first evidence outside North America. Psychol Med. 2023 02; 53(3):966-976. Chien YL, Tsai WC, Chen WH, Yang CL, Gau SS, Soong WT, Laugeson E, Chiu YN. PMID: 34247667.
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    17. Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2020 12; 43(4):687-699. Moody CT, Laugeson EA. PMID: 33127002.
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    18. Examining the Treatment Efficacy of PEERS in Japan: Improving Social Skills Among Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Mar; 50(3):976-997. Yamada T, Miura Y, Oi M, Akatsuka N, Tanaka K, Tsukidate N, Yamamoto T, Okuno H, Nakanishi M, Taniike M, Mohri I, Laugeson EA. PMID: 31823217; PMCID: PMC7010628.
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    19. Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2020 04; 29(2):359-371. Moody CT, Laugeson EA. PMID: 32169267.
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    20. Treatment of anxiety in older adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study. Bull Menninger Clin. 2020; 84(2):105-136. Ehrenreich-May J, Simpson G, Stewart LM, Kennedy SM, Rowley AN, Beaumont A, Alessandri M, Storch EA, Laugeson EA, Frankel FD, Wood JJ. PMID: 31967511.
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    21. Multicentre, randomised waitlist control trial investigating a parent-assisted social skills group programme for adolescents with brain injuries: protocol for the friends project. BMJ Open. 2019 08 27; 9(8):e029587. Gilmore R, Sakzewski L, Ziviani J, Mcintyre S, Smithers Sheedy H, Hilton N, Williams T, Quinn K, Sarandrea AM, Laugeson E, Chatfield M. PMID: 31462477; PMCID: PMC6720336.
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    22. Distinct Patterns of Neural Habituation and Generalization in Children and Adolescents With Autism With Low and High Sensory Overresponsivity. Am J Psychiatry. 2019 12 01; 176(12):1010-1020. Green SA, Hernandez L, Lawrence KE, Liu J, Tsang T, Yeargin J, Cummings K, Laugeson E, Dapretto M, Bookheimer SY. PMID: 31230465; PMCID: PMC6889004.
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    23. Learning How to Make Friends for Chinese Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Hong Kong Chinese Version of the PEERS® Intervention. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Feb; 49(2):527-541. Shum KK, Cho WK, Lam LMO, Laugeson EA, Wong WS, Law LSK. PMID: 30143950.
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    24. A randomized controlled trial evaluating the Hebrew adaptation of the PEERS® intervention: Behavioral and questionnaire-based outcomes. Autism Res. 2018 08; 11(8):1187-1200. Rabin SJ, Israel-Yaacov S, Laugeson EA, Mor-Snir I, Golan O. PMID: 30095232.
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    25. Disruptive behaviour may hinder the acquisition of daily living skills for youth with autism spectrum disorder. Evid Based Ment Health. 2017 02; 20(1):e2. Laugeson EA. PMID: 28087560; PMCID: PMC10688428.
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    26. Emotion Dysregulation and Anxiety in Adults with ASD: Does Social Motivation Play a Role? J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec; 45(12):3971-7. Swain D, Scarpa A, White S, Laugeson E. PMID: 26319254.
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    27. A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Social Skills in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The UCLA PEERS(®) Program. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec; 45(12):3978-89. Laugeson EA, Gantman A, Kapp SK, Orenski K, Ellingsen R. PMID: 26109247.
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    28. Atypical Visual Saliency in Autism Spectrum Disorder Quantified through Model-Based Eye Tracking. Neuron. 2015 Nov 04; 88(3):604-16. Wang S, Jiang M, Duchesne XM, Laugeson EA, Kennedy DP, Adolphs R, Zhao Q. PMID: 26593094; PMCID: PMC4662072.
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    29. The ABC's of teaching social skills to adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in the classroom: the UCLA PEERS (®) Program. J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Sep; 44(9):2244-56. Laugeson EA, Ellingsen R, Sanderson J, Tucci L, Bates S. PMID: 24715256.
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    30. Cognitive behavioral therapy for early adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and clinical anxiety: a randomized, controlled trial. Behav Ther. 2015 Jan; 46(1):7-19. Wood JJ, Ehrenreich-May J, Alessandri M, Fujii C, Renno P, Laugeson E, Piacentini JC, De Nadai AS, Arnold E, Lewin AB, Murphy TK, Storch EA. PMID: 25526831; PMCID: PMC4272761.
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    31. A randomized controlled trial of the Korean version of the PEERS(®) parent-assisted social skills training program for teens with ASD. Autism Res. 2014 Feb; 7(1):145-61. Yoo HJ, Bahn G, Cho IH, Kim EK, Kim JH, Min JW, Lee WH, Seo JS, Jun SS, Bong G, Cho S, Shin MS, Kim BN, Kim JW, Park S, Laugeson EA. PMID: 24408892.
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    32. Predicting treatment success in social skills training for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: the UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills. Autism. 2014 May; 18(4):467-70. Chang YC, Laugeson EA, Gantman A, Ellingsen R, Frankel F, Dillon AR. PMID: 24108192.
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    33. Impaired timing and frequency discrimination in high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Oct; 43(10):2312-28. Bhatara A, Babikian T, Laugeson E, Tachdjian R, Sininger YS. PMID: 23386117.
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    34. Long-term outcomes of parent-assisted social skills intervention for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism. 2014 Apr; 18(3):255-63. Mandelberg J, Frankel F, Cunningham T, Gorospe C, Laugeson EA. PMID: 23996903.
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    35. Review: social skills groups may improve social competence in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Evid Based Ment Health. 2013 Feb; 16(1):11. Laugeson EA. PMID: 23093693.
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    36. Social skills training for young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: a randomized controlled pilot study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun; 42(6):1094-103. Gantman A, Kapp SK, Orenski K, Laugeson EA. PMID: 21915740.
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    37. Evidence-based social skills training for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: the UCLA PEERS program. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun; 42(6):1025-36. Laugeson EA, Frankel F, Gantman A, Dillon AR, Mogil C. PMID: 21858588.
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    38. Translation of an evidence-based social skills intervention for children with prenatal alcohol exposure in a community mental health setting. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012 Jan; 36(1):141-52. O'Connor MJ, Laugeson EA, Mogil C, Lowe E, Welch-Torres K, Keil V, Paley B. PMID: 21797888; PMCID: PMC10297624.
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    39. A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Jul; 40(7):827-42. Frankel F, Myatt R, Sugar C, Whitham C, Gorospe CM, Laugeson E. PMID: 20058059; PMCID: PMC2890979.
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    40. Autism, emotion recognition and the mirror neuron system: the case of music. Mcgill J Med. 2009 Nov 16; 12(2):87. Molnar-Szakacs I, Wang MJ, Laugeson EA, Overy K, Wu WL, Piggot J. PMID: 21264050; PMCID: PMC2997252.
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    41. Parent-assisted social skills training to improve friendships in teens with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Apr; 39(4):596-606. Laugeson EA, Frankel F, Mogil C, Dillon AR. PMID: 19015968.
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    42. A controlled social skills training for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Aug; 74(4):639-48. O'Connor MJ, Frankel F, Paley B, Schonfeld AM, Carpenter E, Laugeson EA, Marquardt R. PMID: 16881771; PMCID: PMC10246454.
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