Dr. Gerhardt is President and Chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding applied research and disseminating the relevant findings in support of learners with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Dr. Gerhardt has over 25 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with an ASD in educational, employment, and community based settings. As director of the Division of Transition and Adult Services at the Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center, he co-founded the Douglas Group, a social and support service for adults with Asperger’s Disorder. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorders, the school-to-work-transition process, assessment of social competence, and analysis and intervention of problematic behavior. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Gerhardt currently serves on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society of America, MAAP Services, Autism NJ and ASPEN.
Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. In 2007 Dr. Gerhardt was awarded the John W. Jacobson Award for Significant Contributions to Effective Behavior Intervention by the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.
Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. Bobby is the first author on nine books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, and utopian literature. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. Bobby is a lay leader with the Full Inclusion Living and Learning Unitarian Universalist Society (FILL UUS) and a Religious Exploration/Education facilitator for the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation (SNUUC). He is the director of Room to Grow and co-founder of the CUP Cafe (Coffee's Untapped Potential), a Fair Trade coffee cafe staffed entirely by individuals with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Wright is currently the National Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals, a social service organization dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities receive the services need to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Dr. Wright has a passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with autism are fully-included in society. Her personal mission is to offer the support that makes it possible for people with autism disabilities to lead meaningful, happy and productive lives. Dr. Wright began her career as a special educator and has provided consultative services to schools and non-profit service agencies throughout the United States. Wright’s expertise as an educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst inform her individualized approach to creating effective intervention plans. She knows that early diagnosis and intervention offer the best outcomes, but also is a proponent of appropriate treatment for anyone with autism at any age. Everyone has the ability to learn. Dr. Wright frequently presents at national and international conferences, and is been invited to deliver workshops and presentations nationally and internationally. 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 received her doctorate in Education and her Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii in 2006. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education degree from San Francisco State University in 1997.
Lori Vincent, M.Ed., BCBA, PhC
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Emily Winbrenner, M.Ed., BCBA
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