Kari Berquist, Ph.D., BCBA-D has worked with children with autism and their families since 2001, starting as an undergraduate student. She received her BS from the University of California at San Diego, her MA and PhD from Claremont Graduate University, and conducted her post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (1-07-3416) since 2007, in 2011 became a licensed psychologist (PSY 24441) in the state of California, and from 2011-2016 she held a clinical faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Berquist is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a consultant to technology-based companies in the area, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Her resume includes numerous professional conference presentations, a broad array of research studies in the field of autism, and several lectures and workshops.
Her main clinical interests include naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention for infants, toddlers, and young children at risk or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. She also focuses her clinical work on teaching parents of children with autism and developmental delays how to facilitate behavioral change in the home, school, and community settings across the life span. Her behavioral treatment is rooted in developmental theory and naturalistic teaching strategies based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. She addresses behavioral issues related to: communication, social skills, restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped behaviors, anxiety, feeding, non-compliance, and independent living skills.