Dr. Saulnier obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ami Klin. After her postdoc, Dr. Saulnier joined the Yale faculty, where she became both the Clinical Director and the Training Director for the Autism Program, managing and supervising multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders from infancy through young adulthood.
At the Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Saulnier oversees all activities related to the diagnostic characterization of individuals participating in clinical research, and she is the Director of the Clinical Assessment Core for the NIH Autism Center of Excellence grant. Her research focuses on profiles of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders, particularly on the discrepancy between cognitive ability and the application of functional skills to daily contexts and routines.
Dr. Saulnier is an avid lecturer and educator on ASD, having conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars nationwide over the past decade. She is also is co-author of the book, Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment. She is also an Associated Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
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