Laura Arnstein Carpenter, PhD, BCBA, is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Carpenter is a researcher and practicing clinician specializing in autism spectrum disorders. Prior to coming to the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Carpenter earned a doctoral degree clinical psychology from SUNY Binghamton, where she also worked for five years at a private school for children with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Carpenter is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has taught numerous workshops and classes on autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis. Along with two colleagues, she is the author of a book for school psychologists, special education personnel, and teachers entitled Medication for Children: A Guide for the Practitioner, published by Guilford Publications.
Dr. Carpenter’s research interests involve the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders, and clinical trials to develop innovative treatments for ASDs. She is a co-investigator and expert reviewer for a statewide surveillance study of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently conducting a clinical trial to investigate the effects of fatty acid supplementation on children with autism.