Dr. Lindsey Sterling is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders. Much of Dr. Sterling’s research and specialized training has focused on understanding and treating comorbid disorders, such as anxiety and depression, among youth and adults with ASD. She has published numerous research papers on the topic of ASD and comorbid anxiety and depression. Dr. Sterling has been working in the field of ASD for almost twenty years and is passionate about helping individuals and their families cope with the challenges and capitalize on the strengths associated with having ASD and related developmental disorders.
Dr. Sterling earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and her Masters degree and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her Clinical Internship in Developmental Disabilities at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she worked with adults with developmental disabilities and children with a range of psychiatric disorders.
During her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA, Dr. Sterling pursued specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) targeting anxiety in youth with ASD. Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Sterling served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and as a Staff Psychologist at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic. She then served as Interim Assistant Professor and Director of the Autism Center at Claremont McKenna College.
Currently, Dr. Sterling is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University Long Beach where she directs a research lab investigating depression, anxiety, and factors related to quality of life, including romantic relationships, among young adults with ASD. She has extensive experience and expertise performing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for youth and adults with suspected ASD and providing individualized therapy for clients with ASD, as well as other psychiatric conditions including anxiety and depression. Dr. Sterling also consults with large companies interested in expanding their hiring program to include neurodiverse populations, including young adults with ASD, and helps educate and prepare staff to support neurodiversity in the workplace.
CA Lic# PSY25162