Brian Reichow, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center and Coordinator of Action Based Research for the Autism Center of Excellence at Southern Connecticut State University. He began his training in autism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education and completed his graduate training in Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Before returning for his graduate degrees, he was a teacher of children with autism in the public schools of North Carolina. He has used his experience and knowledge from being a teacher to help guide his research, which focuses on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of instruction for children with autism, identifying evidence-based practices for individuals with autism, and increasing the use of evidence-based practices in classrooms.
Peter Doehring, Ph.D., is currently Director of Regional Programs at the Center for Autism Research, at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania. He works to describe, implement, and research programs for training and intervention related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). His is particularly interested in how we might build capacity for evidence-based assessment, education, and treatment in community-based settings that are accessible to a broad and diverse population. He was originally trained in Canada as clinical-research psychologist, where he worked to develop research and early intervention programs for children with ASD at the local and regional level. From 1999 until 2008, he served as Statewide Director for the Delaware Autism Program (DAP), one of the largest and most comprehensive public school programs specializing in ASD in the USA.
Domenic V. Cicchetti, Ph.D., is a Yale psychologist and statistician with longstanding interest in analyses of rating scale and reliability data. As the author of numerous articles and a textbook, he has published extensively in the area of autism including work on the reliability of rating scales, of diagnostic criteria, innovative approaches to diagnosis, screening test, and assessment of agreement on treatment effects and rating scales. Co-recipient (with Dr. Sara Sparrow) of the first Connecticut Psychological Association's "Award for Distinguished Effort by a Connecticut Psychologist, Utilizing Psychological Knowledge and Skills, Which Has Made A Material Contribution to the Welfare of the Public" at Fairfield Connecticut, on December 7, 1984. The award was for the development and publication of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (Sparrow, Balla, & Cicchetti, 1984). He is also a Fellow in the American Statistical Association, the highest award the organization can bestow upon its members. The award was given, "For contributions in behavioral and biomedical statistics, particularly assessment of psychometric properties of clinical diagnostic instruments, and for innovative methodologies for interexaminer reliability assessments."
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. An international authority on Asperger's disorder and autism, Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He has authored several hundred scientific papers and has co-edited numerous books, including Asperger Syndrome, A Practical Guide to Autism, and the third edition of The Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Autism, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He also has served as co-chairperson of the autism/MR committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Starting in March 2007 he became editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
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