The NJACE Professional and Community Advisory Board is composed of varied stakeholders including leaders in autism research, training and service, people with ASD, families affected by ASD, and businesses involved with technology. The Board provides input to the NJACE to help identify research and training gaps and to provide guidance regarding priorities and activities.

 

Professional and Community Advisory Board Members

  • Gary Aston-Jones, PhD | Director Brain Health Institute, Rutgers
  • Suzanne Buchanan, PsyD, BCBA-D | Executive Director, Autism New Jersey
  • Geraldine Dawson, PhD | Director of Duke University Center for Autism & Brain Development, Past President INSAR
  • Lara Delmolino Gatley, PhD | BCBA-D Associate Dean and Director Division of Autism Applied and Academic Services, GSAPP, Rutgers University
  • Mary O’Dowd, MPH |  Executive Director, Rutgers Health Systems & Population Health Integration
  • Connie Kasari, PhD | Center for Autism Research and Treatment, UCLA
  • Jonathan Kratchman | Self-advocate, college student, former Eagleton Institute of Politics-Rutgers Fellow
  • Manisha Lad | Parent of adolescent with ASD, Founder and Executive Director of Akhil Autism Foundation
  • David Mandell, ScD | Director Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Menza, MD | Rutgers-RWJMS Chairman of the Psychiatry Department
  • Lucy J. Miller, PhD | Director of the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders in CO, founder of Sensory Processing Disorders (SP-3D) Test (at WPS) the standardized guidelines to assess SPD in clinical settings
  • Prabhas Moghe, PhD | Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers
  • Aleta Murphy | Sibling of adult with ASD, former NJ LEND fellow, staff Dept of Neurology, RWJMS
  • Monica Osgoo | Executive Director and Founder of the Celebrate the Children School model of inclusion, alternative learning styles and presumed competence in developmental disabilities
  • Amy Pappert, MD | Parent of adult with ASD, physician
  • Rachel Power, MD | Parent of adult with ASD, Child Psychiatrist, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
  • Janice Prontnicki, MD, MPH, FAAP | Rutgers NJ Medical School, Director-Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Arnold Rabson, MD Director | Child Health Institute of NJ, Professor Rutgers RWJ Medical School
  • Rosann Richards | Parent of a youth with ASD; Manager of Student Accounting at Rutgers Office of Business Services in Newark, NJ
  • Adrienne Robertiello | Parent of teen with ASD, Special Needs Educator/Outreach Coordinator, Children’s Specialized Hospital; Chair Scotch Plains Disability Advisory Committee; outreach educator to first responders and other community members
  • Alexander Rosa | Self-advocate, college student
  • Elizabeth Rosenzweig, PhD | PhD Student in Quantitative Biomedicine, Autistic Self-Advocate
  • Kim Mitchell-Rushmore, LCSW | Program Director Independence 360, organization providing varied array of services for people with ASD through the lifespan
  • Kathleen Scotto, PhD | Vice President for Research, Vice-Dean School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers
  • Lori Shery | Parent of adult with ASD, founder and Executive Director Asperger Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN)
  • Deborah Spitalnik, PhD | Executive Director, The Boggs Center RWJ Medical School, Rutgers University
  • Serena Wieder, PhD | Author and Creator of the Developmental Individual-differences & Relationship (DIR) Floortime® Model
  • Michelle Wieser | Parent of adolescent with ASD, involved in research to define the female phenotype.Contributing author book chapter “It’s a Girl’s Life”
  • Walter Zahorodny, PhD | Rutgers NJ Medical School, Director of NJ Autism Study ADDM Network
  • Ellen and Jonah Zimiles | Parents of adult with ASD, owners of [words] bookstore, dedicated to promoting inclusive community involvement for people with autism and other disabilities