Behavioral treatment of autism and other severe developmental disabilities; parent training and the impact of the handicapped child on functioning of the family.
Sandra L. Harris is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor of clinical psychology (Emeritus) and executive director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, a university-based program for the treatment of children with autism. Her research and clinical interests focus on people with autism and their families. She has written extensively in this area, including several books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Harris consults nationally for schools and organizations that serve people with autism and has served as an expert witness in legal cases concerning the rights of people with developmental disabilities. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, a fellow in the APA divisions of Clinical Psychology and Child and Youth Services and a fellow in the American Psychological Society. Dr. Harris is a licensed practicing psychologist. Her book, Siblings of Children with Autism, received the 1995 Autism Society of America Award for Literary Achievement. Dr. Harris is still active in the work of the GSAPP Clinical department including being an advisor, directing dissertations and providing support for students.