Patricia Renno

Patricia Renno

Patricia Renno, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Renno has worked on several clinical trials examining the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety and related social difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She received clinical training in modified cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety in youth with ASD, as well as, in the assessment of anxiety and other conditions in youth with ASD. As part of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) at UCLA, she received training in psychophysiological research methodology, including fear potentiated startle paradigms and salivary cortisol collections. Her research focuses on the co-occurrence of anxiety in autism spectrum disorders and in particular on the construct validity of anxiety in ASD. Dr. Renno has published several journal articles and book chapters on these topics, and presented at a number of conferences. Her current research interests seek to determine underlying psychophysiological underpinnings of anxiety in ASD and to test a larger hypothetical model in which factors, such as increased daily stress, might contribute to greater anxiety and ASD symptom severity in youth with ASD.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California USA