University of New Mexico
Center for Development and Disability
Sylvia J. Acosta, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). She earned her degree in counseling psychology from Colorado State University. Her clinical work currently focuses on serving children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), particularly those families who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Dr. Acosta provides services in Spanish as a bilingual provider. She manages the CDD’s Parent Home Training Program which provides consultation for parents of children with ASD. Dr. Acosta is the director of the CDD’s Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Program where she also provides clinical supervision. Dr. Acosta has been on the LEND faculty since July 2016 and is a graduate of the USC UCEDD LEND program. She completed both her internship and postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her research and clinical interests include assessment and health disparities in ASD and multicultural issues related to behavioral health and developmental disabilities.