Daniela Plesa-Skwerer

Ph.D. 2001 Developmental Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston Unviversity 

My main research interests are in the area of atypical development of language, communication and social cognition in children and adolescents with developmental disorders. Currently my work focuses on minimally verbal children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, exploring behavioral profiles in this unique population, with a focus on language and communicative development. I am also interested in the various ways in which families perceive their children’s emotional development and understand their children’s experiences. In the ongoing projects in the lab I conduct semi-structured interviews with families and process assessments based on parent report – information that is essential for a rich phenotypic description of the children and adolescents with ASD who participate in our studies.