Cara Pugliese

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Cara Pugliese, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and a clinical psychologist at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Hospital. Dr. Pugliese received her BA from the University of Richmond, and PhD from Virginia Tech. Her clinical and research work focuses on developing evidence-based strategies to support executive function in transition-age youth with autism, and how best to implement these practices in community settings. She has received 4 federally funded and 1 foundation-funded research grants to develop and test the Unstuck & On Target: High School curriculum (to be published), served as an investigator on five community-based pragmatic trials, and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications.