As a psychologist, I have been lucky to work with the most amazing children, adolescents, and young adults. I began working with children who have developmental disorders through an internship during my high school years. Even then, the creative, clever, and fun kids I met, along with their thoughtful and dedicated parents, amazed me. I feel privileged to work with these families now.
I help children, adolescents, and families with a wide variety of issues. These may include mood and behavior disorders, anxiety, and issues with social communication. I specialize in behavior management strategies and dual diagnosis, which is when we evaluate and treat people who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
I am currently the clinical director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center. My team is one of the few teams in the city that cares for children with autism by combining the expertise of many different specialists, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.
Families who come here can feel confident that their needs will be met—whether they require diagnostic evaluation, individual therapy, group social skills, or parent training—by clinicians who are in constant communication with each other and work together under one roof. I am proud of the clinical, research, and community outreach work that we do here.
When I’m working with families, I always tell them that my goal is to help them make their child’s world bigger. We do this by helping them learn to speak effectively, teaching them how to make friends, and implementing strategies to improve positive behavior in schools and at home. Everything I do with children and their families moves us toward the goal of opening up opportunities for these children, so they can engage and share their strengths with the world.
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- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Education and Training
- PhD from University Of California, 2012
Locations and Appointments
- United Health Care Options PPO (NYULMC Employees)
- United Healthcare Choice (NYULMC Employees)
Research My Research
Dr. Kuriakose is interested in the behavioral treatment of child and adolescent developmental and psychiatric disorders.
The relationship between parent and child characteristics among families receiving a caregiver-mediated social skills intervention for autism [Meeting Abstract]
Shalev, R A; Gordillo, M; Sullivan, K; Chen, B; Doggett, R; Laugeson, E; Kuriakose, S; DiMartino, A Shalev, R A; Gordillo, M; Sullivan, K; Chen, B; Doggett, R; Laugeson, E; Kuriakose, S; DiMartino, A
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 October. Conference: (63rd): S107-S108
Early Diagnostic Assessment
Kuriakose, Sarah; Shalev, Rebecca Kuriakose, Sarah; Shalev, Rebecca
IN: Early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder. [S.l.] : Springer, 2016. p.15-46. (Evidence-based practices in behavioral health) (2180652)
Improving generalization of peer socialization gains in inclusive school settings using initiations training
Koegel, Lynn K; Kuriakose, Sarah; Singh, Anjileen K; Koegel, Robert L Koegel, Lynn K; Kuriakose, Sarah; Singh, Anjileen K; Koegel, Robert L
Behavior modification. 2012 May. 36 (3): 361-377