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Portrait of Tana Carson 

Tana Carson, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Carson is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy who co-founded IMPACT Autism, a student run service organization at UF's Center for Autism and Related Disorders and continues to work in community service programs throughout Florida. At FIU, she is developing a research program focused on improving the assessment and treatment of anxiety and sensory hyper-reactivity features of ASD. Dr. Carson has a keen interest in exploring the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for reducing severe anxiety and associated sensory hyper-reactivity features in ASD. She is particularly interested in better understanding those who are considered "low-functioning", an empirically under-represented subgroup of ASD. Dr. Carson has a Master’s in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Florida (UF). She practiced at UF Health’s Pediatric Outpatient Rehab Clinic at Magnolia Parke for six years specializing in treatment strategies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), comprehensive