Caitlin M Conner, PhD

Caitlin M Conner, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara Street

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Member, International Society for Autism Research
Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Research Interests

Emotion awareness and regulation; Adapting mindfulness for ASD; Suicidality in ASD
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Conner CM, Golt J, Shaffer R, Righi G, Siegel M, Mazefsky CA. Emotion dysregulation is substantially elevated in autism compared to the general population: Impact on psychiatric services. Autism Res. 2021 Jan; 14:169-181. doi: 10.1002/aur.2450. PMID: 33815651.
  2. Conner CM, White SW, Scahill L, Mazefsky CA. The role of emotion regulation in the experience of anxiety in autism. Autism, Special Issue on Mental Health Across the Lifespan. 2020 May; 24(4): 931-940. doi: 10.1177/1362361320904217. PMID: 32050774.
  3. Beck KB, Conner CM, Breitenfeldt KE, Northrup JB, White SW, Mazefsky CA. Assessment and Treatment of Emotion Regulation Impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan: Current State of the Science and Future Directions. Child Adolesc. Psychiatr. Clin N Am. 2020 Jul; 29(3):527-542. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2020.02.003. PMID: 32471600.
  4. Conner CM, Golt J, Righi G, Shaffer R, Siegel M, Mazefsky CA. A comparative study of suicidality and its association with emotion regulation impairment in large ASD and US census-matched samples. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Oct; 50(10):3545-3560. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04370-1. PMID: 31939083.
  5. Conner CM, White SW, Beck KB, Golt J, Smith IC, Mazefsky CA. Improving emotion regulation ability in autism: The Emotion Awareness and Skills Enhancement (EASE) program. Autism. 2019 Jul; 23(5):1273-1287. doi:10.1177/1362361318810709. PMID: 30400749.

Clinical Interests

Co-occurring psychopathology in autism; Adapting mindfulness for autism; Adult diagnosis
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Beck KB, Conner CM, White SW, Mazefsky CA. Mindfulness 'Here and Now': Strategies for Helping Adolescents with Autism. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry. 2020 Oct.; 59 (10): 1125-1127. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2020.07.004. PMID: 32981632
  2. White SW, Conner CM, Beck KB, Mazefsky CA. Clinical Update: the Implementation of Evidence-Based Emotion Regulation Treatment for Youth with Autism. Evid Based Pract Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2021 Jan.; 6(1): 1-10. doi:10.1080/23794925.2020.1796551

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Medical student/resident/fellow education