Advisory Board

 

Mary Lynch Barbera, RN, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Mary Lynch Barbera learned in 1999 that the eldest of her two sons, Lucas, had autism. Since Lucas' diagnosis one day before his third birthday, Mary has focused her attention and research on autism and related disorders.

In 2000, she founded the Autism Society of Berks County. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2003 and worked as the Lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project from 2003 until 2010. Over the past several years, Mary has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and has assisted in providing training to thousands of professionals and parents.

In 2007 Mary published the pivotal book, The Verbal Behavior Approach, How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Mary is an international speaker on the subject of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. She recently received her Ph.D. in Leadership and completed a dissertation on staff training in evidenced-based procedures for individuals with autism. 

 

Jamey Wolff MA, CAS

Jamey is the cofounder and Program Director of the Center for Spectrum Services formerly known as The Children’s Annex in 1976.  For 35 years, The Center for Spectrum Services has provided model programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  Under her leadership, Spectrum Services has grown to serve over 250 students yearly in day schools in Kingston and Ellenville New York, in community-based programs for toddlers and preschoolers and through the Spectrum Services Clinic providing diagnostic evaluations, counseling, program consultations and trainings in best practices.

Founder and Coordinator of the Hudson Alliance for Children with Special Needs, a consortium of 25 programs serving students with special needs, Ms. Wolff is also cofounder and an Honorary Board Member of The Hudson Valley Autism Society, Invited to serve on the New York State Autism Task Force, Ms. Wolff  participated in the development of The Autism Program Quality Indicators: a quality improvement guide for schools and programs serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and as the instructor of record at The New York State University for the development of a course entitled Effective Strategies Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Awarded an Effective Practices Grant from New York State Education Department  for the exemplary model developed for integrating Spectrum Services students back to their neighborhood schools, Ms. Wolff produced a grant funded training video in 2000 entitled Planning Effective Integration Practices for statewide dissemination to public school programs. In 2009, she produced and directed an educational documentary entitled The Asperger’s Difference: A film for and about young people with Asperger Syndrome. Ms. Wolff consults and presents nationally on best educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., BCBA-D

Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., BCBA-D is Senior Vice President of School Consultation at the May Institute and was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School.  He also serves as Director of Consultation at the National Autism Center (NAC) and was an Expert Panelist on the National Standards Project of the NAC.  Dr. Putnam oversees one of eight national collaboration sites in conjunction with the University of Oregon and Connecticut comprising the National Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.  His research interests are in the use of function based interventions to improve prosocial skills as well as behavioral support strategies with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, he has a strong interest in school-wide behavior support interventions.  He has published extensively and presents regularly at national, regional and local conferences on these topics.  

 

Peter Gerhardt, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Peter Gerhardt is the Director of Education, Upper School, for the McCarton School in New York City. Dr.Gerhardt has more than 30 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings.

He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as: the needs of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder; the school-to-work-transition process; and the analysis and intervention of problematic behavior. Serving as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), Dr. Gerhardt is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society of America.

Previously, Dr. Gerhardt was a Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, with an appointment as the Director of the Division of Transition and Adult Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. It was in this capacity that he co-founded the Douglass Group, a social skills and support service for adults with Asperger’s Disorder or High Functioning Autism. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

 

Guy Bruce Ed. D., BCBA-D

Guy Bruce is an assistant professor in the Behavior Analysis Program at Florida Institute of Technology. Since earning his Ed. D. in Educational Psychology from the Behavior Analysis in Human Resources program at West Virginia University, Dr. Bruce has taught behavior analysis in both undergraduate and graduate programs and worked as consultant organizations, including agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities.

He is the author of “Instructional Design Made Easy,” a workbook for designing more efficient learning programs and PARSE, a data-based process that can be used by human service organizations to help clients achieve their goals. His goal is to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals, through the use of positive methods to improve performance. Guy researches variables that affect learning efficiency such as the number of practice opportunities per minute, reinforcement frequencies, and sequencing of practice.

 

Cheryl Fielding Ph.D. BCBA-D

Cheryl Fielding began her work in the early 90s as a special education teacher and educational diagnostician in public school. After earning her doctorate in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2000 she joined the faculty of the University of Texas-Pan American where she is currently an associate professor and coordinates the Educational Diagnostician Program. Dr. Fielding teaches courses that prepare special education teachers, educational diagnosticians, school psychologists and counselors to work with children who display challenging behavior. In December of 2011 she received the Distinguished Teaching Award from her college. Dr. Fielding also conducts research and has authored/co-authored over 20 publications including two articles published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and 2 book chapters. Recently, Dr. Fielding consulted with Southwest Research Institute in the creation of an iPhone/iPad application developed to train parents and caregivers of children with challenging behavior called Behavior Breakthroughs (free download). Dr. Fielding also provides professional development, parent training workshops, and behavioral consultations through Special Workshops & Consulting, LLC in her local area of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.  

 

Anne Lau, M.Ed, NCC, BCBA

Anne has been working with children with autism and related disabilities since 2004 in many different settings; from intensive center-based, in-home early intervention, all the way to facilitating the transition into regular education. 

Anne received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Counseling and Guidance. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her interests include verbal behavior, feeding problems, precision teaching, and organizational behavior management.