About Dr. Saasha Sutera

Dr. Saasha Sutera is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She provides neuropsychological, developmental, and personality assessments, and she has expertise in both personality/projective testing and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Sutera also holds privileges at Silver Hill Hospital, where she conducts psychological assessments for the patients there. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living, conducting evaluations and consultations and providing therapeutic services for children and adolescents. Dr. Sutera has provided clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including therapeutic schools, Birth to Three programs, community mental health clinics, and medical and psychiatric hospitals. Her combination of experience in assessment and interventions allows her to focus on truly understanding each individual and devise practical recommendations that individuals, families, providers, and educators can implement. She has published research articles about early screening and diagnosis of autism, and she was part of the research team that validated the M-CHAT, a screening tool recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that is designed to help pediatricians and primary care providers with the early identification of autism. She co-authored a chapter in the book Genes, Brain, and Development: The Neurocognition of Genetic Disorders. She has also presented at the International Neuropsychological Society meeting and the International Meeting for Autism Research.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Sutera, S., Pandey, J., Esser, E. L., Rosenthal, M., Wilson, L. B., Barton, M., Green, J., Hodgson, S., Robins, D. L., Dumont-Mathieu, T., & Fein, D. (2007). Predictors of optimal outcome in toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 98-107.

Esser, E., Sutera, S., & Fein, D. (2010). Autism: Genes, anatomy, and behavioral outcome. In M. A. Barnes (Ed.), Genes, Brain, and Development: The Neurocognition of Genetic Disorders. Cambridge University Press.

Kleinman, J. M., Ventola, P. E., Pandey, J., Boorstein, H. C., Esser, E. L., Wilson, L. B., Rosenthal, M. A., Sutera, S., Verbalis, A. D., Marshia, G., Barton, M., Hodgson, S., Green, J., Dumont-Mathieu, T., Robins, D. L., Volkmar, F., Chawarska, K., Klin, A., & Fein, D. (2007). The modified checklist for autism in toddlers: A follow-up study investigating the early detection of autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 827-839.

Sutera, S., Verbalis, A., Boorstein, H. C., Pandey, J., Wilson, L. B., Barton, M., Hodgson, S., Dumont-Mathieu, T. M., & Fein, D. A. (2007). Developmental Trajectories of Optimal Outcome in Toddlers Diagnosed with an ASD. Oral Presentation at the 2007 International Meeting for Autism Research. May 3, 2007. Seattle, WA.

Sutera, S., Boorstein, H. C., Helt, M., Verbalis, A., Pandey, J., Wilson, L. B., Barton, M., Hodgson, S., Green, J., Dumont-Mathieu, T. M., Marshia, G. A., & Fein, D. A. (2007). Predictors of Optimal Outcome in Children with an ASD Diagnosis. Poster presented at the 2007 International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting. February, 2007. Portland, OR.