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Dr. Pamela Crooke

PhD, CCC-SLP • Co-developer of the Social Thinking® Methodology • Chief Strategy Officer

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, Content, Clinical Services, and the Social Thinking Training & Speakers’ Collaborative at Social Thinking. She served as a clinical faculty member of three universities and worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Arizona public schools for 15 years. Pam is a prolific speaker both in North America and abroad, and has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, five award-winning books related to Social Thinking. Their book, You Are a Social Detective! won the 2012 Autism Society of America Literary Book of the Year Award, and a second edition is now available (2020). She and Winner collaborate on writing articles and blogs that appear on the Social Thinking website and in a wide array of publications. Her current research focuses on using practice-based research to examine how professionals and parents utilize frameworks and strategies within the Social Thinking® Methodology.


Prior to joining the Social Thinking team, she coordinated the Autism interdisciplinary clinical services at the Tucson Alliance for Autism, served as a clinical and academic faculty member of three universities, and worked in the Arizona public schools for 15 years. Pam is a prolific speaker both in North America and abroad, giving workshops, presentations, and training staff on Social Thinking methodology. She has co-authored books for young children and teens including the Autism Society of America Literary Book of the Year in 2012. She is on the board and/or is a member of a wide range of organizations related to autism and speech/language and has been the recipient of several foundation and community grants. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award with Co-recipient Michelle Garcia Winner from the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA).


Her most recent publications focus on using Practice-based research to examine how educators, mental health specialists, and parents utilize strategies within the Social Thinking methodology. Pam maintains an active clinical practice of both adolescents and adults.


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Financial Disclosure

Financial: Pamela Crooke is employed by Think Social Publishing, Inc., as an author/speaker. She receives a salary, but does not receive additional compensation for speaking or royalties for books or products. She is also employed by the Social Thinking Center, as a therapist.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.


Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award, California Speech- Language-Hearing Association (CSHA)

    Outstanding Achievement Award, California Speech- Language-Hearing Association (CSHA)

    California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA), District 4 – Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr. Pamela Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner.

  • Tom Jenkins Award Award for Oustanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism

    Tom Jenkins Award Award for Oustanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism

    Dr. Pamela Crooke received the Tom Jenkins Award for Outstanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism – October 2005.

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