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Featured Profile: Connie Brooks


Connie Brooks

Through clinical work and training, Dr. Connie Brooks advocates for children with special needs.

Brooks is a pediatric psychologist, specializing in diagnosis of children with autism and other developmental concerns. Working with children as young as 18 months, Brooks supervises psychology trainees to listen intently to families’ needs and to understand the patient’s strengths and challenges through best practice evaluation.

Additionally, Brooks was the leader of an interdisciplinary team that developed a methodology for treating trauma among foster children. Over the course of a year, the group created and evaluated a holistic treatment approach that used easily accessible technology devices, such as fit bits, to track outcomes. The team learned that addressing nutrition, sleep, and exercise positively impacted a child’s ability to benefit from trauma-focused therapy.

Brooks has been recognized for her talent and expertise. In 2016, she was selected as a participant in the American Psychological Association’s Leadership for Women in Psychology. Recent endeavors include facilitation of a school psychology ECHO (Enhancing Community Health Care Outcomes), which connects school psychologists with autism experts, as well as serving as a faculty member on the TIPS for Kids grant (Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services) through the LEND program (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities).

Dr. Connie Brooks is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Health Psychology in the University of Missouri’s School of Health Professions.  She is also a psychologist and Director of Health Professions at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine