Dr. Anna Krasno (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the Acting Center Director and Clinical Director of the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has over 15 years of experience in diagnosis and support services for Autism Spectrum Disorder and works with individuals of all ages and their families. She provides consultation services to individuals and families on a number of topics including early symptoms of autism and new diagnosis support, how autism presents across the lifespan, gender and cultural differences, neurodiversity, support for autistic adults, and information on local resources for assessment and support services.
She has extensive expertise working with adults for first-time diagnosis. She works with clients of different gender and cultural identities, including AFAB, non-binary and trans individuals, and BIPOC individuals. She learns about each client’s individual experience which often can include masking of autistic characteristics and autistic burnout from trying to fit into non-autistic spaces. The diagnostic process includes observation of potential autistic behaviors and learning more about the hidden experiences as well.
Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, UCSB
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, UCSB
B.A. in Cognitive Science, UCSD
Acting Center Director, Koegel Autism Center, UCSB
Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center, UCSB
Postdoctoral Waivered Psychologist, Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM)
Predoctoral Intern Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto, CA, and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University
Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center’s Autism Program, Yale University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest:
Psychological assessments, parent education, and support, family systems, evidence-based treatment for developmental disabilities and autism, how to include the entire family in treatment, culturally competent services, positive behavior support, neurodiversity, adult first-time diagnosis, LGBTQIA+, and strength-based approaches.