Kirsten Schohl grew-up in Milford, Michigan and graduated with honors in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She began her graduate studies at Marquette University (MU) in the fall of 2010, and is currently in Marquette's Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Kirsten’s experience with ASD began with a sibling diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS), and her interest grew as a part-time high-school caregiver for a child with ASD. Her curiosity cultivated in study while at the University of Michigan, where she accepted a position at the University of Michigan Autism & Communications Disorders Center (UMACC). There, she not only learned a great amount about autism and associated research, but also volunteered as a social group leader for girls with AS.
Presently, Kirsten is working on her Master’s Thesis, which focuses on a replication and extension of the "Program for the Education & Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)" intervention, developed at UCLA and is currently being implemented at MU. Kirsten is studying the effectiveness of the PEERS intervention as well as assessing changes in social anxiety, both subjectively and objectively, as well as core autistic symptoms.
Currently, Kirsten provides assessment services at Marquette’s Center for Psychological Services, the Marquette Autism Clinic, and the Marquette ADHD Clinic. In addition, Kirsten leads MU’s PEERS’ parent group, serves as the autism lab coordinator, and teaches an undergraduate psychology research methods laboratory.
Over the past two summers, Kirsten has worked for the University of Michigan Kinesiology Department and Lose the Training Wheels, where she taught children and adolescents with Down Syndrome and ASD how to ride bicycles. When she is not pursuing her love for autism and psychology, Kirsten enjoys running, kayaking, swimming, being outdoors, traveling, eating great food, spending time with her family and friends and cheering on the Marquette Basketball team and her alma mater football team!