Sylvia Acosta received a B.A. degree in Psychology (2002) from New Mexico State University. She earned her M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. She completed her internship and a 2-year postdoctoral psychology fellowship in child clinical psychology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Personal Statement

I am an Associate Professor at the Center for Development and Disability. I am a bilingual (English and Spanish) licensed psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am the Director of Psychology Training at the CDD and I provide clinical supervision for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. I manage the Parent Home Training Program and conduct community trainings to culturally and linguistically diverse clients and audiences. I am also psychology faculty at the New Mexico LEND program. I am passionate about serving bilingual and monolingual Spanish-speaking families.

Areas of Specialty

Autism Spectrum Disorder Cultural and Linguistic Competence


Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Research Reliable Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT) Project ImPACT certified provider

Achievements & Awards

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, February 2020 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, March 2019 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, March 2018 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, March 2016 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Recipient, August 2011 Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Clinical Excellence Award, August 2010


  • English
  • Spanish