Faculty Profile: Karen Cammuso, PHD

Karen Cammuso, PHD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-435-7865
Recent review of the cost effectiveness of a private-public school partnership to educate students with special needs. Past research explored a strategy for assessing absolute pitch in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and a study of autistic-like traits in adults with absolute pitch.


Dr. Cammuso received her PhD from Catholic University, DC, in 1991. She completed her internship at University of Maryland-Baltimore, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University, in the Child Development Center, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Cammuso is a Clinical Director of Developmental Services at the Bradley School/East Providence Partnership. She joined the Bradley staff in 1993, and served as Coordinator of Outpatient Services for the Developmental Disabilities Program (now CADD) and as a senior staff psychologist at the Bradley School Portsmouth prior to her current position.



Research Description

There was a substantial cost savings to a public school district resulting from the implementation of a private/public special education program. The new model of program provides behavioral supports and clinical services while offering an opportunity for inclusion in less restrictive educational environments.

Prior research investigated autistic-like characteristics in individuals with absolute pitch.

Funded Research


Teaching Experience

Facilitator, Peer Supervision Seminar, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows

Case-Based Learning Seminar (Autism Spectrum/School Consultation), Psychiatry Residents/Fellows

Psychology Intern Child Track Seminar (varied)

Selected Publications

  • Brown, W.A., Cammuso, K., Sachs, H., Winklosky, B., Mullane, J., Bernier, R., Svenson, S., Arin, D., Rosen-Scheidley, B., & Folstein, S. (2003). Autism-related language, personality and cognition in people with absolute pitch: Results of a preliminary study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33, 163-167. (2003)
  • Brown, W.A., Sachs, H., Cammuso, K., Folstein, S.E. (2002). Early Musical Training and Absolute Pitch. Music Perception, 19, 595-597. (2002)
  • Brown, W.A., Cammuso, K., Sachs, H., Winklosky, B, Mullane, J, Bernier, R., Svenson, S., Arin, D., Rosen-Scheidley, B., & Folstein, S. E. (2000). Personality, Cognition and Language in People with Absolute Pitch. Presented at the 47th annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, New York, October 24-29, 2000, and at the 39th annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 10-14, 2000. (2000)