Autism Research Pioneer and Expert Alice Carter

Professor of Psychology Alice Carter

Spring 2015

Trained as a clinical psychologist, Professor Alice Carter's work focuses on young children's development in the context of family relationships, and socio-contextual factors. She is dedicated to the early identification of children at risk for difficulties in social and emotional development as well as those with clinically significant psychopathology and neuro-developmental disorders.

Her primary area of research is infant, toddler, and preschool psychopathology. Carter has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct an epidemiological, longitudinal study of early emerging psychopathology from infancy through the transition to formal schooling. She is currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the NIMH to address health disparities in age of autism spectrum disorder and service receipt.

In addition to serving as director of the UMass Boston PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, Carter is actively involved in teaching and mentoring both doctoral students in clinical psychology and undergraduate psychology majors at UMass Boston. She is currently collaborating and consulting with colleagues in Chicago, San Diego, Finland, and the Netherlands. She has also conducted trainings on assessment of infant mental health and early detection of autism spectrum disorders nationally and internationally.

Carter majored in human development and family studies at Cornell University, where she received her BS. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Houston, and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. Prior to joining the UMass Boston faculty, she was an associate professor of psychology at Yale University.

Carter is author and co-author of over 160 articles and chapters. She is also the co-author of the Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment with Rebecca Del Carmen, PhD, as well as the Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment, and the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment with Margaret Briggs-Gowan, PhD.

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