Dr. Liz Laugeson

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Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute and is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Dr. Laugeson is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social impairments from preschool to adulthood. She is also the Training Director for the UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Director of The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance, which is a collaborative research initiative dedicated to developing and expanding applied clinical research in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.  


Having trained thousands of mental health professionals, educators, and families in the PEERS method, Dr. Laugeson is dedicated to developing and testing evidence-based treatments to improve social skills across the lifespan, and disseminating these empirically supported programs across the globe.


For more information about the UCLA PEERS Clinic Visit, please visit the PEERS website!


You can also follow UCLA PEERS on Facebook, or find them on Twitter and Instagram at “UCLAPEERS”.

LA Times Article about PEERS for Young Adults


Over 100 of the PEERS social skills role play videos are available online, free of charge! This is an excellent resource that teaches teens and young adults the basic rules of social etiquette! You can view the videos here!


Another useful tool is the App called FriendMaker, which is currently available for Apple products for 99¢ in the iTunes App store. The app includes many of the skills taught in PEERS along with role play demonstrations of the skills. This is a great tool for teens and young adults to use independently.


For additional PEERS resources, please visit PEERS’ Resource page!




PEERS Young Adult Training Flyer 2017


PEERS Mental Health Training Flyer 2017


PEERS School Training Flyer 2017




PEERS for Young Adults Flyer


PEERS for Adolescents Flyer


PEERS for Preschoolers Flyer