Katy Ankenman, MSW, LCSW


Clinical Social Worker

MSW University at Albany, State University of New York
BA Comparative Religion, Princeton University

Katy is a clinical social worker specializing in assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prior to joining the UCSF STAR center, Katy spent 6 years at the University of Washington Autism Center working on small and large-scale clinical research studies aimed at understanding the genetics of ASD. This work led her on research trips all over the U.S.—from Alaska to New Jersey and many states in between—to interview and meet with families touched by ASD. Working with and learning from these diverse families was an invaluable and rewarding experience.

Before joining the University of Washington, Katy provided educational and mental health services to children and adults with wide-ranging abilities in a variety of settings including residential care, outpatient clinics, and foster care.

Besides the genetics of autism, Katy’s current research interests include sex differences in ASD, evidence-based treatment of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and community and vocational support for adults with ASD.