POAC-NoVA will welcome Dr. Cara Pugliese of Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Pugliese will discuss Flexible Futures, the curriculum she has developed for high school students with ASD to assist in the development of executive function skills such as self-advocacy, flexible problem-solving, goal setting, and planning. Dr. Pugliese recently completed a pilot of this curriculum across 12 high schools in the DC Metro area. We have asked Dr. Pugliese to also discuss coping strategies and skills to help students of all ages manage their responsibilities at school and home during the shutdown—particularly if they have not yet returned to school.
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Cara Pugliese, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University Medical School. She received her B.A. from the University of Richmond, M.Sc. from the University of Exeter, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Pugliese completed her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Developmental Neuroscience at Children’s National. She has been on the faculty at Children’s National and GW since 2016.
Dr. Pugliese specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her research interests have focused on the role of executive function in adaptive and psychiatric outcomes, and utilizing community-based participatory process methods to develop and implement school-based interventions targeting executive function for transition-age youth with ASD.