Dr. Connor Kerns

Dr. Connor Kerns is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Stress and Autism Program (ASAP) at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include assessment and treatment of ASD, childhood anxiety, and stress-related disorders (including trauma-related disorders) in children with and without ASD. Her work explores sources and manifestations of anxiety and stress in people on the autism spectrum with the aim of developing and testing new clinical assessment tools and psychotherapies. Dr. Kerns has received over a dozen federally or privately funded grants to support her research and has published and presented internationally on her findings. She earned her BA from Cornell University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. Additionally, she completed specialized clinical training in ASD, anxiety disorders, OCD and pediatric psychology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, AI Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia PA.