PhD, Temple University, 2013
Dr. Connor Kerns has conducted and published studies on broad array of topics including the role of paternal age in ASD risk, the co-occurrence of childhood psychopathologies, and differential predictors of CBT efficacy for child anxiety. Her present research focuses on the overlap, assessment and treatment of anxiety and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her ongoing projects aim to explore the varied presentation and phenomenology of anxiety in ASD and the implications of this variation for effective anxiety measurement and treatment. Dr. Kerns is also preparing to extend this work to the understudied area of traumatic events and their sequelae in youth with ASD. Another area of interest is the use of technology to facilitate the dissemination of empirically based treatments. Dr. Kerns is currently working to develop cost-effective, computer-assisted CBTs for youth with ASD and anxiety, interactive social stories to improve skill generalization in ASD, and video-enhanced ASD screening and educational tools. Her long terms goals include developing a parsimonious model of psychiatric co-occurrence to inform the design and dissemination of cross-diagnostic assessments and treatments that will improve child wellbeing and development.
Research interests include assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), childhood anxiety and stress-related disorders (including trauma-related disorders) in children with and without ASD.
For a full list of publications see Google Scholar.
Kerns, C. M., Moskowitz, L., Josephson, A., Wainer, A., Drahota, A., Soorya, L., Cohn, E., & Lerner, M. (2018). A cross-regional and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study describing usual care for school to transition-age youth with autism. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, online first: doi: 10.1080/15374416.2017.1410826
Kerns, C.M., Postarino, V., Vivanti, G., Bradshaw, J., Siracusano, M., Mazzone, L. (2017). Anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19, online first: doi-.org/10.1007/s11920-017-0846-y.
Herrington, J. D., Maddox, B. B., Kerns, C. M., Rump, K., Worley, J., Bush, J. C., McVey, Alana J., Schultz, Robert T., and Miller, J. S. (2017). Amygdala volume differences in autism spectrum disorder are related to anxiety. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, online first: 10.1007/s10803-017-3206-1.
Kerns, C. M., Collier, A., Lewin, A., & Storch, E. A. (2017). Short report: Therapeutic alliance in youth with autism spectrum disorder receiving cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, online first: doi:10.1177/1362361316685556
Souders, M., Zavodny, S., Eriksen, W., Sinko, R., Connell, J.E., Kerns, C.M., Schaaf, R., Pinto-Martin, J. (2017). Sleep in children with autism spectrum disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19, 34-51. doi:10.1007/s11920-017-0782-x
Kerns, C.M., Newschaffer, C. J., Berkowitz, S., & Lee, B. K. (2017). Brief report: Examining the association of autism and adverse childhood experiences in the national survey of children’s health: The important role of income and co-occurring mental health conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, online first: doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3111-7.
Wainer, A., Drahota, A., Cohn, E., Kerns, C. M., Lerner, M. D., Marro, B., Moskowitz, L., Soorya, L (2017). Understanding the landscape of psychosocial intervention practices for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in youth with ASD: A study protocol. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 10, 178-197. doi:10.1080/19315864.2017.1284289
Kerns, C. M., Renno, P. Kendall, P. C., Wood, J. J., & Storch, E. A. (2017). Anxiety disorders interview schedule – autism addendum: Reliability and validity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 88-100. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1233501
Kerns, C. M., Rump, K., Worley, J., Kratz, H., McVey, A., Herrington, J. & Miller, J. (2016). The differential diagnosis of anxiety disorders in cognitively-able youth with autism. Cognitive Behavioral Practice, 23, 530-547. doi:10/1016/j/cbpra.2015.11.004
Bradstreet, L. E., Juechter, J. I., Kamphaus, R. W., Kerns, C. M., & Robins, D. L. (2016). Using the BASC-2 parent rating scales to screen for autism spectrum disorder in toddlers and preschool-aged children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, online first. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0167-3.
Kerns, C.M., Wood, J.J., Kendall, P.C., Renno, P., Crawford, E., Mercado, R. J., Collier, A., Hoff, A., Kagan, E. R., Small, B., Lewin, A. B., & Storch, E.A. (2016). The treatment of anxiety in autism spectrum disorder (TAASD) study: Rationale, design and methods. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1889-1902. doi:10/1007/s.10826-016-0372-2.
Robins, D. L., Adamson, L. B., Barton, M., Connell, J. E., Dumont-Mathieu, T., Dworkin, P. H., Fein, D., Greenstein, M. A, Hsu, H., Kerns, C. M., Newschaffer, C. J., Plumb, J., Shattuck, P., Turhi, R., & Vivanti, G. (2016). Universal autism screening for toddlers: Recommendations at odds. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 1880-1882. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2697-5
Kerns, C. M., Roux, A., Connell, J. E., & Shattuck, P. (2016). Adapting cognitive behavioral techniques to address anxiety and depression in cognitively-able emerging adults on the autism spectrum. Cognitive Behavioral Practice, 23, 329-340. doi:10/1016/j.cbpra.2016.06.002
Rosen, T., Connell, J. E. & Kerns, C. M. (2016). A review of behavioral interventions for anxiety in lower functioning individuals with autism. Behavioral Interventions, 31, 120-143. doi:10.1002/bin.1442
Kerns, C. M., Newschaffer, C. & Berkowitz, S. (2015). Traumatic childhood events and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3475-3486. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2392-y
Kerns, C. M., Maddox, B., Berry, L., Rump, K., Kendall, P. C., Schultz, R. T., Souders, M. C., Bennett, A., Herrington, J., & Miller, J. (2015). Brief measures of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 8, 969-979. doi:1.1177/136236131455865
White, S. W., Lerner, M., McLeod, B., Wood, J. J., Ginsburg, G., Kerns, C. M., Ollendick, T., Kendall, P. C., Piacentini, J., Walkup, J., & Compton, S. (2015). Anxiety in youth with and without autism spectrum disorder: Examination of factorial equivalence. Behavior Therapy, 46, 40-53. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2014.05.005
Kerns, C. M., Kendall, P. C., Zickgraf, H., Franklin, M. E., Miller, J., & Herrington, J. (2015). Not to be overshadowed or overlooked: Functional impairments associated with comorbid anxiety disorders in youth with ASD. Behavior Therapy, 46, 29-39. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2014.03.005
Kerns, C. M., Kendall, P.C., Berry, L., Souders, M. C., Franklin, M. E., Schultz, R. T., Miller, J., Herrington, J. (2014). Traditional and atypical presentations of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 2851-2861. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2141-7
Kerns, C. M., Read, K. L., Klugman, J., & Kendall, P. C. (2013). CBT for socially phobic youth: Differential short and long-term treatment outcomes. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 210-215. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.01.009
Kerns, C. M., & Kendall, P. C. (2012). The presentation and classification of anxiety in autism spectrum disorder. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 19, 323-346. doi:10.111/cpsp.12009
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award (2021)