Dr. Karen Cross provides psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations and therapy at Summit Center for children, adolescents, and adults. She received a dual doctorate in 2018 from the University of Connecticut in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development and School Psychology, alongside a graduate certificate in neuropsychology from Ball State University in 2022. This past year, Dr. Cross completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) traineeship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Her fellowship focused on the assessment of developmental disabilities in children between the ages of 12 months and 18 years, with a particular emphasis on autism. Dr. Cross is also trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Since graduating from UConn, Dr. Cross has worked as a school psychologist in San Francisco Public Schools and as an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at CBU in Riverside, CA. Her passion and research interest focuses on twice-exceptionality and the compensatory strategies 2e children and adults utilize. In addition to her work at Summit Center, Dr. Cross is adjunct professor at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education in Studio City, CA. Prior to attending UConn, she was a general education and special education math teacher. Dr. Cross worked in private, public, and homeschooling schools for two decades.