Connie Wong is a research investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved with several studies and projects involving children and youth with autism. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Toddlers and Families Together study funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Her current work also includes leading the Autism Evidence-Based Practice Review Group in conducting a systematic review of the autism intervention literature published between 1990 and 2011 to identify focused intervention practices that can provide a solid, empirical basis for educating children and youth with ASD. Additional work includes a study funded by the Organization for Autism Research to examine the outcomes of toddlers attending a community center-based program.
Before coming to FPG, she was an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Cleveland State University and was the Principal Investigator of an Autism Speaks-funded intervention project targeting the facilitation of joint attention and symbolic play in young children with autism through classroom teachers. She received her doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from UCLA and her prior experiences include teaching in early childhood special education classrooms for children with autism and other special needs in the public schools.