Panel of Professional Advisors

The Autism Society Board of Directors maintains a professional advisory panel. The volunteer Panel of Professional Advisors includes nationally recognized and respected professionals who are among the leading minds in the autism professional community, spanning disciplines such as research, behavioral interventions and long-term residential care. They include:

Panel of Professional Advisors Chair:

Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Ed.D.


Panel Members:


Emeritus Members:
Lois J. Blackwell (1927-2015)
Edward Carr, Ph.D., BCBA (1947-2009)
O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D. (1927-2010)
Gary Mesibov, Ph.D.
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. (1928-2006)
Eric Schopler, Ph.D. (1927-2006)


 ann-holmesAnne Holmes, M.S., CCC, BCBA, Chair, Panel of Professional Advisors KDH Enterprises LLC

Anne Holmes received her master’s degree in speech pathology from Douglass College, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as well as New Jersey licensure, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the College of New Jersey. In addition, Ms. Holmes is the chairperson of the Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors. Ms. Holmes has worked in the field of autism for more than 30 years and is responsible for oversight for monitoring standards of care, including staff development and student/participant outcomes by means of a comprehensive quality management system, as well as supervision of outreach diagnostic, evaluative and consultative services. In addition, she is the primary consultant to families, schools and agencies, locally and nationwide.Ms. Holmes has written numerous papers and articles and is the primary editor of Eden Autism Services’ curriculum. Her current focus is aging and medical needs of individuals with autism.

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James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-Djimball
JB Autism ConsultingDr. James Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, is the President/Chief Executive Officer of JB Autism Consulting. He has been in the field of autism for more than 25 years, providing behavioral, educational, residential and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. Dr. Ball is an appointed community member to the Interagency Autism Collaborating Committee (IACC), a federal advisory committee established by the Combating Autism Act of 2006. He is also the director of clinical services for New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC), sits on the advisory board for the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine and has been a featured author for the magazine for the past several years. Dr. Ball has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to autism, such as early intervention, inclusion services, functional behavior assessment, social skills training, behavior management, direct instruction, sensory issues and accountability. He has published in many of the above areas and authored the book Early Intervention and Autism: Real-life Questions, Real-life Answers.back to top

Margaret L. Bauman, M.D.margaret-bauman
LADDERSMargaret Bauman is the associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, associate pediatrician and assistant neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the founding director of the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Service (LADDERS), a satellite multidisciplinary clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Dr. Bauman is also the director of the Autism Research Foundation and the Autism Research Consortium in Boston. An adjunct associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine, she is also a child neurology consultant for Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Inc., in Pomona, California. Dr. Bauman founded and serves as chairperson of the Autism Research Consortium (ARC) and is the past medical director of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Her research interests include the study of the microscopic brain structure in autism, Rett Syndrome and other disorders of neurological development. She is co-editor of the book The Neurobiology of Autism, which was originally published in 1994 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The second edition of this book was released in January 2005. She is also the first Mass General Distinguished Scholar in autism.Back to top

Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Ed.Dbarbara-becker
West Virginia Autism Training CenterBarbara Becker-Cottrill received her doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been involved in education and developmental disabilities for more than years, served as the executive director of the statewide West Virginia Autism Training Center (WV ATC) at Marshall University for 23 years, and has taught courses related to autism as an adjunct graduate professor at Marshall. The WV ATC uses a service delivery model for West Virginia families of children with autism spectrum disorders that incorporates a positive behavior support approach. Dr. Becker-Cottrill was a key developer of this model, entitled “Family Focus Positive Behavior Support.” She has served as the principal investigator for the West Virginia Autism Monitoring Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also served as a director of the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) and is a co-founder/developer of the College Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome at Marshall University. Dr. Becker-Cottrill is a co-author of the book Autism: A Primer for Educatorsback to top

Eric Courchesne, Ph.D.eric-courchesne
Children’s Hospital at San Diego 
Eric Courchesne is a professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UCSD. His center is dedicated to uncovering the brain bases and biological causes of autism. Current postmortem cellular and molecular research, as well as MRI studies, aims to identify the neural defects in autism and discover patterns of abnormal brain growth from infancy through adulthood. Current structural and functional brain-imaging techniques are used to establish links between autistic symptoms and the brain sites responsible for them. Dr. Courchesne’s studies have resulted in over 170 publications. His research is supported through grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health and Autism Speaks.back to top

Margaret Creedon, Ph.D.margaret-creedon
Clinical Psychologist
Margaret Creedon is a fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, professional advisory member of the Autism Society of Illinois, instructor for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, instructor in early childhood studies at DePaul University and consultant to families and schools internationally. Dr. Creedon is also a co-founder of the international Autism Network for Individuals with Hearing and Visual Impairments, which meets annually at the Autism Society’s conference, and a coalition for the prevention of abuse of persons with disabilities. She was the school and research director of a demonstration program at Michael Reese Hospital – Chicago (started in 1969) and an adolescent parenting program including teens with autism. Initially, the program integrated an augmentative and alternative-total communication, an interactive play model and work in sensory-related skills, Project SMART with emphasis on functional visual skills. These have been presented to national and international professional groups as well as parent organizations.back to top

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.geraldine-dawson
Autism Speaks
Geraldine Dawson became Autism Speaks’ first chief science officer in January 2008. In this role, Dr. Dawson serves as the scientific leader of Autism Speaks, working with the scientific community, stakeholders and science staff to shape, expand and communicate the foundation’s scientific vision and strategy. Dr. Dawson is also research professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Dr. Dawson was professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Washington and founding director of the University of Washington Autism Center, which has been designated an NIH Center of Excellence since 1996. Dawson remains on the UW faculty as a professor emeritus. While at the University, Dr. Dawson led a multi-disciplinary autism research program focusing on genetics, neuroimaging, diagnosis, and treatment. Her own research has been in the areas of early detection and treatment of autism, early patterns of brain dysfunction (electrophysiology), and, more recently, development of endophenotypes for autism genetic studies. Dr. Dawson has co-edited or authored a number of books about autism spectrum disorder and brain development, including Autism Spectrum Disorders; Human Behavior, Learning, and the Developing Brain; and A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. She has been widely published in academic journals. Dr. Dawson founded and directed the University of Washington Autism Center’s multi-disciplinary clinical services program. A strong advocate for families, she has testified before the U.S. Senate on behalf of individuals with autism and played a key role on the Washington State Autism Task Force. Dr. Dawson earned a Ph.D. in developmental and child clinical psychology from the University of Washington. After graduate school, she studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and, a year later, accepted a position as assistant professor at University of North Carolina. In 1985, she returned to the University of Washington as a faculty member, where she continued her research on autism and practiced as a clinical psychologist specializing in autism until she accepted her current position.back to top

Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D.Anne Donnellan PPA photo
University of San Diego
Anne Donnellan has a distinguished career in teaching, research and writing on autism and related disabilities. Dr. Donnellan is a leader in developing and promoting positive and human approaches to support and understand individuals with autism. She is a pioneer in the understanding and application of information on sensory and movement differences as these affect the development and performance of individuals with autism. Currently, she is a professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and director of the Autism Institute, at the University of San Diego and Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent publications include: “Rethinking Autism: Implications of Sensory Movement Differences” with Martha Leary and David Hill (in press, Disabilities Studies Quarterly); “Properties of Supportive Relationships from the Perspective of Academically Successful Individuals with Autism” with Jodi Robledo in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2007; “I Can’t Get Started: Stress and the Role of Movement Differences for Individuals with the Autism Label” in Stress and Coping in Autism, with Martha Leary and Jodi Robledo; “Invented Knowledge and Autism: Highlighting our Strengths and Expanding the Conversation” in JASH; and “Movement Differences and Diversity” in Autism/Mental Retardation. Dr. Donnellan has been a member of the Autism Society PPA for more than 30 years. She is working with Sally R. Young on a book of research on the effects of facilitated communication on the lives of individuals with autism as well as developing a book on the role movement and sensory differences play in our understanding/misunderstanding of autism. The field is beginning to appreciate that an outsider’s perspective is insufficient to describe and define autism and that our socially defined descriptions often cause great confusion and frustration. Incorporating information from researchers and self-advocates that neurological differences might result in behaviors that the individual does not intend, or may limit his/her ability to perform, can greatly improve our understanding of and support for the unique challenges faced by each person labeled autistic.back to top

Glen Dunlap, Ph.D.glen-dunlap
University of South Florida
Glen Dunlap is a professor in the Division of Applied Research and Educational Support at the University of South Florida, where he works on research, training and demonstration projects in the areas of positive behavior support, early intervention and family support. Dr. Dunlap has been involved with individuals with disabilities for more than 35 years and has served as a teacher, administrator, researcher and university faculty member. He was involved in developing and directing statewide service systems for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through the West Virginia Autism Training Center and Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Dr. Dunlap moved to Reno, Nevada, in 2005, although he continues to work on research and training projects as a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida. Dr. Dunlap has directed numerous research and training projects, authored more than 195 articles and book chapters, co-edited four books and served on 15 editorial boards. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and is the current editor of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Dr. Dunlap served as co-editor of a major textbook on positive behavior support (Sailor, Dunlap, Sugai, & Horner, Editors, 2009, Handbook of Positive Behavior Support. Springer Publishers), and was lead author of a manual describing an individualized, school-based model for students with challenging behaviors, Prevent-Teach-Reinforce: A School-Based Model of Positive Behavior.back to top

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.mark-durand
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Mark Durand is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Dr. Durand previously was a faculty member at the University of Albany-State University of New York, where he received the University Award for Excellence in Teaching, and founded the Albany Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Dr. Durand is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has administered more than $4 million in federal research and training grants. He has more than 100 research publications and developed (with Ted Carr) Functional Communication Training, a positive treatment for challenging behavior that is used worldwide and is described in his classic book, Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Approach (Guilford Press, 1990). Dr. Durand also created (with Dan Crimmins) the Motivation Assessment Scale, a functional behavioral assessment instrument that is now translated into more than 14 languages. His current research is documenting how combining behavioral parent training with cognitive-behavior therapy helps families address and cope with their child’s difficult behavior. This work is described in his award-winning book, Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child.back to top

William L.E. Dussault, J.D.william-dussault
Dussault Law Group
William L.E. Dussault received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 1972. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Colorado State Bar Association and Seattle-King County Bar Association, and has been admitted to practice in the State of Washington (1972), U.S. Federal District Court (1973), U.S. Supreme Court (1982) and Colorado (2006). He maintains a private practice in Seattle with an emphasis on the rights of persons with disabilities. Mr. Dussault was the originating author of special needs trust for use in estate planning and public benefit preservation for persons who experience disabilities, as well as the originating author of 42 U.S.C. §1396p(d)(4)(A), the federal legislation authorizing use of special needs in conjunction with continuation or establishment of eligibility for certain federal benefit programs. He is actively involved with numerous state and national groups concerned with legal issues impacting persons with disabilities, and has served as counsel to TASH, vice-chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Committee on Mental Disability, and as a legal advisor, committee member or chair for the Autism Society, ARC, UCP, BIA and the Epilepsy Foundation, among others. He has been selected as one of Washington’s Super Lawyers by Washington Law & Politics annually from 1999 through the present, and by Washington Law & Politics and Butch Blum as one of the four best lawyers in Washington State in 2003. Mr. Dussault is a frequent presenter on special education, disability rights, coordination of public benefits and private resources, estate planning for families affected by disabilities and other related topics. Mr. Dussault is the founder and senior shareholder of William L. E. Dussault, P.S., dba Dussault Law Group, in Seattle.back to top

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.stephen-edelson
Autism Research Institute
Stephen Edelson is involved in many autism-related organizations. He is the director of the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, founded by Dr. Bernard Rimland. Dr. Edelson is on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society, and he was a past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Autism Society. Dr. Edelson’s research endeavors have spanned a variety of areas in autism, including sensory interventions (auditory, vision, and deep pressure), aberrant behaviors (self-injury, aggression, and stereotypic repetitive behaviors) and cognition (stimulus over selectivity, classification learning, perceptual discrimination). He co-edited a book with Dr. Rimland, Treating Autism: Parent Stories of Hope and Success, and he is editor of the quarterly newsletter Autism Research Review International. Dr. Edelson also hosts several popular web sites:,,, and In 2000, the Autism Society named Dr. Edelson “Volunteer of the Year.”back to top

Marc Ellison, Ed.D.My Profile Picture 3
Marc Ellison, Ed.D. is the executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, located at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Dr. Ellison is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked for more than 30 years to provide person-centered support, services, and advocacy to individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and those who support them. He has supported individuals with ASD throughout their lifespan, as they moved to the community from state-supported institutions, searched for and obtained employment, entered into relationships, and transitioned into college. Dr. Ellison has authored or co-authored several publications on the topic of transition into higher education for students diagnosed with ASD. In addition to being a member of the ASA’s Panel of Professional Advisors, Dr. Ellison is currently a Board Member of the Autism Society of West Virginia.back to top back to top

Judith E. Favell, Ph.D.judith-favell
Judith Favell is CEO of AdvoServ, a multi-state network of treatment programs for children and adults with developmental and behavioral challenges. Dr. Favell received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1966 and her Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970. Throughout her career as a clinician, researcher, teacher, lecturer and administrator, she has focused on the understanding and treatment of serious behavioral challenges, such as self-injurious and aggressive behavior, in individuals with autism. Her work has encompassed not only clinical domains, but also organizational, regulatory, legal and policy issues. Dr. Favell has authored numerous publications, edited a leading journal and several newsletters (and served on the editorial boards of many others), and presented nationally and internationally. Her offices have included president of the International Association for Behavior, president of the American Psychological Association’s Division on Developmental Disabilities, and president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.back to top

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.peter-gerhardt
McCarton School
Dr. Peter Gerhardt is the director of education – upper school for the McCarton School in New York City. Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years’ experience using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or coauthor of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. In addition, Dr. Gerhardt serves as chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice, and on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers State University of New Jersey Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gerhardt’s research interests include issues related to intensity of behavior analytic instruction with adolescents and adults, community integration and employment, development of adaptive behavior competencies, positive behavior supports with complex individuals, and the use of technology to support community safety and independence.back to top

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.temple-grandin
Colorado State University
Temple Grandin is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She has been featured on major television networks and programs, such as ABC’s Primetime Live, NBC’s Today Show, Larry King Live, The View, BBC, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written up in national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, ForbesU.S. News and World ReportDiscover magazine, and New York Times. She was the subject of the 2006 Horizon documentary The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow and was a subject in the series First Person by Errol Morris. On November 1, 2009, Grandin was featured on C-SPAN in a three-hour interview called In Depth with Temple Grandin. A 2010 HBO film, Temple Grandin, stars Claire Danes as Temple Grandin. (It was nominated for 15 Emmys and awarded five). Dr. Grandin was included in Time magazine’s 2010 Time 100 list as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the category “Heroes”. Dr. Grandin didn’t speak until she was three-and-a-half years old. In 1950, she was labeled “autistic,” and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She first spoke publicly about autism in the mid-1980s at the Autism Society of America National Conference and soon became a highly sought-after speaker on autism spectrum disorders. She became known widely after being described by Oliver Sacks in the title narrative of his book An Anthropologist on Mars (1995). Dr. Grandin has designed the facilities in which half of the cattle in the United States are handled; she is also a professor at Colorado State University and speaks internationally on both autism and cattle handling. Dr. Grandin has authored many best-selling books, including Emergence Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals in Translation, Animals Make us Human, The Way I See It,  Different… Not Less, and The Autistic Brain.back to top

Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., BCBAdoreen-granpeesheh
Center for Autism & Related Disorders
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the founder and executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the founder and president of the board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today). Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California – Los Angeles and is licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Texas, Virginia and Arizona State Boards of Psychologists. Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been providing behavioral therapy for children with autism since 1979. She is a member of numerous scientific and advisory boards, including the U.S. Autism and Asperger’s Association, the Autism File journal, Autism360/medigenesis and the 4-A Healing Foundation. Dr. Granpeesheh is also an active member of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative steering committee, on the practice board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and on the oversight committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities for the state of Arizona. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh previously served on the national board of directors of the Autism Society and currently co-chairs the early intervention sub-committee of the North Los Angeles County Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Granpeesheh has had numerous scientific publications on issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Autism and currently oversees the behavioral treatment of more than 1,000 patients through CARD’s 20 clinic sites across the globe.back to top

June Groden, Ph.D.june-groden
The Groden Center, Inc.
June Groden has been the executive director of the Groden Center in Providence, R.I., since 1976. The Groden Center provides intensive learning and living environments for children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Groden serves on the clinical faculty at the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University, and is also a visiting research associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Dr. Groden holds a Ph.D. and master of arts degree in psychology from Boston College, a master of education degree from Rhode Island College and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from New York University. Dr. Groden is also a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. As a researcher, Dr. Groden has produced three videos on the use of relaxation as well as written numerous articles and book chapters on stress, relaxation and picture rehearsal. She is an editor of the book Stress & Coping in Autism and has co-authored Relaxation: A Manual for Adults, Children and Children with Special Needs and Coping with Stress Through Picture Rehearsal. In 2009, Dr. Groden became a member of the Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact Waiver Taskforce to assure public input with respect to the reforms to the Medicaid program. Also in 2009, Dr. Groden became a member of the Rhode Island State Commission to study the education of children with autism. She also co-authored the book How Everyone on the Autism Spectrum, Young and Old, can become Resilient, be more Optimistic, enjoy Humor, be Kind, and increase Self-Efficacy: A Positive Psychology Approach.back to top

Paul Millard Hardy, M.D.paul-millard
Hardy Healthcare Associates, PC
Paul Hardy received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, and trained in neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He is a former Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., fellow in medical ethics at Harvard University, and completed his fellowship training in behavioral neurology at the Boston VA Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 1978, Dr. Hardy joined the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham, MA, and became an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the Tufts University School of Medicine, holding joint appointments as an assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry. From 1985 to 1992, Dr. Hardy co-founded the Boston Higashi School and served as the school’s medical director and president. In 1992, he started a private behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry practice in Hingham, MA. He incorporated the biomedical evaluation and treatment practices of the Defeat Autism Now! movement into his practice of mainstream neuropsychiatry. He collaborated on a major review article of epilepsy in autism.back to top

Robert Hendren, D.O.robert-hendren
University of California, San Francisco
Robert Hendren is professor of psychiatry, vice chair, and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and the immediate past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Hendren was the executive director of the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute. Dr. Hendren is board certified in general as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and has published more than 100 scientific papers and five books. He has been listed in the Best Doctors in America each year since it was published in 1996. His primary areas of research and publication interests are translational clinical pharmacology and nutritional trials using biomarkers (MRI, measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, immune function and pharmacogenomics) in neurodevelopmental disorders.back to top

Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.martha-herbert
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Martha Herbert is a pediatric neurologist and researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School who is an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and directs the TRANSCEND Research Program. Dr. Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She trained in pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research is oriented to how changes in whole-body physiology may impact brain structure, function and development. She is particularly interested in how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular and neural function – or create improvement and fulfill potential.back to top


David L. Holmes, Ed.D.david-holmes
Lifespan Services, LLC
David Holmes is chairman and CEO of Lifespan Services, LLC, a full-service consulting company established to help families and individuals with autism and related disabilities get what they need. Dr. Holmes is board certified in forensic science, behavioral science and psychology. He is a certified/licensed chief school administrator/supervisor/principal and teacher. He is immediate past president and founder of The Eden Family of Services (now Eden Autism Services) and he has been a featured guest on several television and radio shows, including National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and CNN’s House Call. Dr. Holmes is a national award-winning author of numerous books, book chapters and articles, most notably Autism through the Lifespan – The Eden Model. He recently served as a Fellow to the 32nd Federal Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Holmes co-authored an article, “Divorce and Child Custody: When Autism is a Consideration” and has testified in numerous court cases regarding education, residential services, child custody and forensic matters, all pertaining to autism. Dr. Holmes is the host of the national/international radio show Adults with Autism; TODAY!back to top

Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLPsusan-kabot
Mailman Segal Institute
Susan Kabot is the director of clinical and therapeutic services at the Mailman Segal Institute of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where she has held a variety of administrative positions over the past 24 years. She is currently responsible for Starting Right, an early intervention parent-child program; the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic; the Autism Consortium, which provides training and technical assistance to school districts around the country; and NSU’s Interdisciplinary Council for the Study of Autism. She has graduate degrees in special education and speech-language pathology, and a doctoral degree in the management of programs for children and youth. Susan is a Florida licensed speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association. She has been an active participant in autism-related organizations and has served on the board of directors of the Autism Society of Broward County, the Broward Autism Foundation, and the constituency board of the Miami Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She currently serves as the special needs coordinator of Camp Yofi, a family camp for families of children with autism. Her commitment to the field of autism is fueled by Michael, her adult son who has autism. Susan has a book on classroom organization in press with Autism Asperger Publishing Company. She has also worked with the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale to make the exhibits more engaging and accessible to children with ASD.back to top

Martin Kozloff PPA photoMartin Kozloff, Ph.D.University of North Carolina WilmingtonDr. Kozloff is a Watson Distinguished Professor of Education Co-Director, Hillcrest Reading Program, an after-school tutoring program for disadvantaged children, K-2. He graduated from Washington University with a B.A. in psychology, master’s and Ph.D. in sociology. Dr. Kozloff has formerly been a professor of sociology at Boston University and worked for 16 years as Director of federally funded projects (NIMH, BEH) developing and testing curricula and instructional methods for children with autism and their families. In addition, he worked on reform of reading instruction in New Hanover County for 3 years. Dr. Kozloff’s interests in research and writing are in the areas of reading reform, instructional design and evaluation, teacher assessment and publishing works such as Kozloff, M.A. (1994). “Improving Educational Outcomes for Children With Disabilities: Principles for Assessment, Program Planning, and Evaluation.” Paul H. Brookes.back to top
Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLPrebecca-landa
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rebecca Landa received a B.A. in speech pathology and audiology from Towson State University, an M.S. in communication sciences and disorders from Penn State and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She pursued postgraduate work at the University of Maryland, Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine and Johns Hopkins, and worked extensively as a speech-language pathologist before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1989. Dr. Landa is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and serves on the Maryland State Department of Education Autism Task Force, the First Signs Clinical Advisory Board and the Working Committee on Brain Growth Factors in Autism at NINDS. Dr. Landa received the National Institute of Mental Health’s Shannon Award for excellent and innovative research design and content, the Rita Rudel Prize for research in developmental neuropsychology and the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s prize for outstanding contribution to the field.back to top

Gary LaVigna, Ph.D.gary-lavigna
Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
Gary LaVigna is clinical director and cofounder of the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) in Los Angeles. He consults with families and organizations on establishing positive behavior support plans for individuals exhibiting severe and challenging behavior and presents seminars and practicum training on the topic throughout the world. His work is reported in numerous published articles and his coauthored books – Alternatives to Punishment, Progress Without Punishment and The Periodic Service Review: A Total Quality Assurance System For Human Services and Education. Established in 1981, IABA now has a staff of about 600 people providing a variety of direct services beyond training and consultation. In 1985, IABA initiated one of the first supported employment services in California for people with an intellectual and/or developmental disability associated with challenging behavior, whose individual earnings over the years as a result of these employment services are more than $8 million. In 1989, IABA initiated California’s first supported living services. IABA provides a range of “youth” services, namely in-home respite for families, intensive support so children can continue living with their families and go to neighborhood schools, and early intervention for young children diagnosed as having the characteristics associated with autism.back to top

Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D.bennett-leventhal
Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Bennett Leventhal received his M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and completed his residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Following two years as a medical officer at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., Dr. Leventhal joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he served for more than 25 years and remains the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus. He is now the deputy director of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, as well as professor, vice chair and deputy director for research in the NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves as co-chair of the scientific research council of the Child Mind Institute and on the board of the Brain Research Foundation. Dr. Leventhal is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. He is past president of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Leventhal has worked extensively in the areas of attention disorders, autism, community services, developmental disorders, genetics, juvenile justice and psychopharmacology. His current work is in the area of epidemiology and genetics of autism and other early-onset child psychiatric disorders.back to top

Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBAcathy-pratt
Indiana Resource Center for Autism/IIDC
Cathy Pratt is the director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, located at Indiana University. Dr. Pratt is on faculty at Indiana University, and presents internationally. She served as chair of the board for the Autism Society. Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society and is part of the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP). Dr. Pratt serves on numerous advisory boards, including the advisory boards of MAAP Services, Inc., the College Internship Program and the Autism Society of Indiana. Currently, Dr. Pratt serves on the advisory board for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education. She has been involved with the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues focused on autism; the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee as a member of the expert working group on services; and the scientific advisory board for the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). She also served as a member of the public review committee for the research roadmap of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society with the Individual Achievement Award, the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award, various awards through New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc., and recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2008, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. She has written articles and presents on autism spectrum disorders, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, instructional approaches, systems change and policy. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, Dr. Pratt worked as a classroom teacher for students across the autism spectrum and with other disabilities. More recently, Dr. Pratt earned her BCBA and is now a board certified behavior analyst.back to top

Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D C. Reeve
Reeve Autism Consulting, LLCChristine Reeve has more than 20 years of professional experience in working with children, families and schools focused on autism. She has worked in a variety of settings including community outreach, academic, education and clinic settings serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Reeve currently provides systemic consultation to school systems throughout the country to support students with ASD and behavioral concerns. Prior to this job she served as the Director of Academics for the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University, co-designing the autism endorsement courses and the doctoral minor in autism coursework and designing the master’s and doctoral programs in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Reeve has a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and completed her internship at UNC-Chapel Hill with Division TEACCH. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and serves as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education and the Center for Psychological Studies. She is the author of several research-based articles: Functional Vocabulary for Children and the co-author of Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Children with Autism Spectrum DisordersBuilding Independence, and the Functional Vocabulary for Activities of Daily Living series for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.back to top

Frank R. Robbins, Ph.D.
Quabbin Valley Educational Consultants
Frank Robbins has done extensive work in the areas of autism, early intervention, challenging behaviors and parent training, and has numerous publications and professional presentations in these areas. Prior to developing a consulting practice in 1994 (which has worked with hundreds of students, families, school districts and agencies), Dr. Robbins served as the director of a program at the May Institute/University of Massachusetts that provided services for young children with autism/PDD in an integrated preschool context.Dr. Robbins helped coordinate a home-based early intervention program for children with autism in West Virginia and a state-wide service delivery program for persons with autism in Florida. He was previously on the faculty at the University of South Florida and has worked on a number of federal grants. Dr. Robbins has served as an editorial reviewer for a variety of professional journals and is a member of a number of professional organizations.back to top

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.stephen-shore
Adelphi University
Nonverbal until the age of 4, Stephen Shore was diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies,” considered “too sick” for outpatient treatment, and was recommended for institutionalization. With much support from his parents, teachers, wife and others, Dr. Shore is now a professor at Adelphi University, where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children, Dr. Shore presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy and disclosure, as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies, and the DVD Living Along the Autism Spectrum: What It Means to Have Autism or Asperger Syndrome. President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, Dr. Shore has served in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the board of directors for the Autism Society, Advocates for High Functioning Autism and other autism-related organizations. Dr. Shore’s work includes research on comparative approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum, issues related to self-advocacy and supporting successful transition to adulthood for people with autism.back to top

Brenda Smith-Myles, Ph.D.brenda_smith_myles
Ohio Center for Autism and Law Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group
Brenda Smith Myles, a consultant with the Ziggurat Group and chief program officer for the Autism Society, is the recipient of the Autism Society’s 2004 Outstanding Professional Award and the 2006 Princeton Fellowship Award. She has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism, including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter is a winner of the Autism Society’s Outstanding Literary Work. Dr. Smith-Myles has made more than 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on autism and Asperger Syndrome. She served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee and is on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium. Dr. Smith Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and MAAP Services, Inc. In addition, she was acknowledged as the second-most productive applied researcher in autism spectrum disorders in the world from 1997 to 2004.back to top

Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D.ruth-christ-sullivan
Autism Services Center
Ruth Christ Sullivan was the founder and executive director of the Autism Services Center in Huntington, W.Va., one of the few agencies in the United States to offer comprehensive, across-the-lifespan, autism-specific services in a community-integrated setting. She also founded the National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA). Dr. Sullivan has been a professional in the field of autism for more than 45 years. She was the first elected president of the Autism Society and now serves as an honorary member of the Autism Society’s board of directors. Dr. Sullivan has lectured throughout the United States and around the world. She has published books, book chapters and articles, and for many years was a columnist for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She was a consultant for the movie Rain Man, and her son, Joseph, an autistic savant, was one of the two major autistic models for the character of Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman). The movie was premiered in Huntington, with Dustin Hoffman present. In November 2005, she was appointed to the 32nd Institution on Rehabilitation Issues. She received the Autism Society Founders Award in 2007, as well as a Citation of Honor from the West Virginia State House of Delegates at a special session in January 2008.back to top

Luke Y. Tsai, M.D.luke-tsai
University of Michigan Medical School
Luke Tsai is a scholar, researcher, teacher and, most importantly, a father of a young man with autism. He received his medical degree from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and completed his residency training in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals. He held academic and professional appointments at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Luke Tsai is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also founder and director of developmental disorders at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Tsai is consultant editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and is on the editorial board of Focus on Autistic Behavior. Dr. Tsai is a Diplomate in psychiatry and child psychiatry, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Tsai has received awards and honors for his work with individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders. His publications include more than 80 articles and 40 books or chapters.back to top

Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLPdiane-twachtman-cullen
Diane Twachtman-Cullen is a communication disorders specialist and licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and related conditions. She holds an M.A. in speech-language pathology, a sixth-year diploma in early childhood education and a Ph.D. in special education. She has authored numerous chapters and articles, as well as the following books: A Passion to Believe: Autism and the Facilitated Communication Phenomenon, Trevor Trevor, and How to Be a Para Pro: A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals. Her book How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up? is co-authored with her daughter, Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett. Dr. Twachtman-Cullen is the editor-in-chief of Autism Spectrum Quarterly magazine. Dr. Twachtman-Cullen is a member of the following professional advisory boards: Asperger Syndrome Parent Education Network (ASPEN), the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, MAAP, Inc., the Special Minds Foundation and the Virtual Autism Clinic. She provides consultative services and training seminars internationally on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders and language development. Dr. Twachtman-Cullen spoke at the first conference for professionals sponsored by the National Autistic Society in Manchester, England, in March 2010, where she had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dr. Lorna Wing. She also co-authored The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives.back to top

Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly, M.S., CCC-SLPjennifer-twachtman-reilly
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett is a speech-language pathologist and member of the Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors. She also serves on the board of directors of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Ms. Twachtman-Bassett is part of the Autism Spectrum Assessment Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in Hartford, where she contributes to diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders in collaboration with the Department of Developmental Pediatrics. Ms. Twachtman-Bassett also provides social language and problem-solving evaluations for older children with Asperger syndrome and related disorders in collaboration with developmental pediatrics, as well as individual therapy and parent training. She has served on the clinical feeding team, where she has addressed the needs of children with behavioral feeding disorders. Ms. Twachtman-Bassett is the speech and language consultant at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, where she conducts evaluations and provides strategies for addressing social and language-based aspects of problem solving and behavioral issues. In addition, she provides consultation/training for individuals with ASD through the ADDCON Center, LLC, in Higganum, Connecticut. Ms. Twachtman-Bassett is the associate editor of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, where she contributes a column on translating research into practice. She co-authored (with Diane Twachtman-Cullen) How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery. Ms. Twachtman-Bassett has contributed her expertise to several chapters and articles. She has also presented her clinical work at state, regional and national conferences, and provides a number of professional workshops, training and consultation.back to top

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.paul_wehman
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPaul Wehman is the director of Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wehman is a professor of physical medicine, rehabilitation, chairman of rehabilitation research and director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling.back to top

Harry Wright, M.D., MBAharry-wright
University of South Carolina
Harry Wright, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is a professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Programs and the Developmental Disorders Clinic at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Wright received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He did graduate work in biophysical chemistry at Brown University, completed his M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residencies in administrative, general, and child and adolescent psychiatry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Columbia. Dr. Wright is a team leader for the Child and Adolescent Certification Examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Wright’s clinical practice is focused on young children and adolescents with developmental problems. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the Clinical Science Research and Research Advancement Awards from the School of Medicine. Dr. Wright has contributed to more than 200 publications and has made more than 400 presentations at scientific meetings. His research interests include psychiatric genetics, psychiatric epidemiology, developmental disorders, multicultural issues, health services research, and infant and preschool mental health issues.back to top

Patricia Wright, Ph.D., BCBA, MPH patriciawright
Easter Seals, Inc.Patricia Wright has a passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with autism are fully included in society and are able to lead meaningful, happy and productive lives. As Easter Seals National Director of Autism Services, Dr. Wright leads autism programs for Easter Seals, one of the nation’s largest providers of services for individuals with autism across the life span. Dr. Wright’s expertise as an educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst informs her individualized approach to creating effective treatment plans. She knows that early diagnosis and intervention offer the best outcomes, but she is also a proponent of appropriate treatment for anyone with autism at any age. She is a member of the Organization for Autism Research’s Scientific Council and is currently a serving on the Executive Committee for the Friends of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Wright is well known as a presenter and has been invited to deliver presentations and conduct training across the United States and internationally. Dr. Wright earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Hawaii in 2006. She also has a master’s of public health from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University.back to top