Pamela J. Crooke

Pamela J. Crooke is the senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center and part of the social-cognitive team in San Jose, CA. She has an active caseload of children, teens, and adults, conducts Dynamic Assessments, and consults with school programs.


She received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Idaho State University and her Ph.D. in Language Development in 1994 from the University of Washington.


Previously she coordinated the interdisciplinary clinical services at the Autism Extension Clinic within the Tucson Alliance for Autism in Tucson, Arizona. Pam is a prolific speaker both here in North America and abroad, giving workshops, presentations, and training staff on Social Thinking. She is on the board and/or is a member of a wide range of organizations related to social thinking and speech-language services, and has been the recipient of several grants and awards related to autism spectrum disorders.


Pam has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, four books related to Social Thinking: Socially Curious and Curiously Social, You Are a Social Detective, Social Fortune or Social Fate, and their most recent book geared to adults, Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care? She and Winner collaborate on writing articles that appear on the Social Thinking website and in a wide array of publications.


Treatment efficacy in social and relational therapies for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism remains Pam’s area of emphasis. Her research-based article documenting the effectiveness of using the Social Thinking vocabulary, “Brief report: Measuring the Effectiveness of Teaching Social Thinking to Children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA), (Crooke, Hendrix, & Rachman, 2008), was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.