SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointment:
Elizabeth “Liz” Laugeson, 50, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Laugeson has held multiple positions at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, including Interim Director at the Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities since 2021, where she was Training Director from 2014 to 2021; Program Director of the Autism Center of Excellence Dissemination, Outreach and Education Core since 2017; and Program Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Track since 2016. She has held multiple positions at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA including Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences since 2017 and Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences since 2010. Laugeson was Director of the Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from 2007 to 2017, where she was Associate Director of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program from 2007 to 2010. Laugeson is a member of the International Society for Autism Research and the American Psychological Association. She earned a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pepperdine University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Laugeson is a Democrat.
Original Article: Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 5.12.22