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Dr. Lisa Ruble is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She is a faculty member in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Ruble teaches classes in consultation and intervention. In 2005, she received the New Investigator Award from NIMH. In 2002, Dr. Ruble established the STAR Program at the University of Louisville and in 1998 helped establish TRIAD at Vanderbilt University. Her research program is based on these past experiences as a Licensed Psychologist when she developed and provided social skills and behavioral interventions, school consultation and training, and parent training. These experiences influenced her interest in services research and the study of issues involved in the provision of evidence- based practices in community-based settings.


Dr. John McGrew earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. McGrew has been principal or co-principal investigator of eleven grants and co-investigator on an additional nine grants in the area of autism and mental health services . Dr. McGrew has published over 80 articles in books or professional journals and made more than 100 presentations at national and regional conferences at national and regional conferences. View his curriculum vitae here.
 


Dr. Michelle Pensec Salyers is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she directs the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She also directs the ACT Center of Indiana, a collaboration of academic and community partners, including researchers, administrators, clinicians, consumers, and family members who share an interest in recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. The overarching goal of her work is to help adults with severe mental illness live meaningful lives in the community. Her research addresses both consumers of mental health services and the treatment providers and programs that serve them. She is increasingly targeting the interaction of consumers and providers, looking for the best ways to support relationships that promote recovery and well-being. Her current work involves developing effective ways to reduce staff burnout and to increase shared decision-making in mental health care. View her curriculum vitae here.


 
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Medina Jackson is a research assistant for Dr. Lisa Ruble at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University. Currently, she is the senior administrative research assistant on Dr. Ruble’s NIH funded study on COMPASS and transition and IES funded study on teacher burnout.

 

 


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Nancy Dalrymple is an educational consultant in the field of autism. She was on the faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center then became a consultant to the STAR program there. She works with parents and families of children with autism to provide on-going support and information. Nancy also trains school personnel and others who interact with students with autism and has taught university classes. Previously, Nancy was director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and was on the Autism Society of America Panel of Professional Advisors as well as other advisory boards. Nancy continues to work with university faculty on research topics. She is the author of numerous papers and practical source books about autism, and has presented on various topics regarding autism throughout her more than 30 years of experience in the field.


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Dr. Donna Murray is vice president of clinical programs and head of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Autism Speaks and an adjunct associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital within the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Pediatrics.

At Autism Speaks, Dr. Murray oversees the activities of the ATN and other clinical programs. The ATN is a collaboration of academic medical institutions working together to improve medical care in autism by developing best practice and providing a platform for research. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Dr. Murray worked as the clinical director for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and co-director of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. While at Cincinnati Children’s she helped build one of the largest hospital-based autism programs in the country, developing unique partnerships with community agencies to improve access to services and build community capacity. Dr. Murray’s current interests include examining the use of quality improvement methodology to improve clinical care and outcomes for children with ASD.

Dr. Murray received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she focused on the neurosensory aspects of communication, language, and social skills in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Murray has spent more than 25 years as a clinician specializing in program development, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with ASD. Her research includes studies examining language, social skills, diagnosis, and intervention in ASD.

 

 


 

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Dr. Michael Toland earned his Ph.D. in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2008. His areas of research interest include examining the performance of item response theory (IRT) models, applications of IRT and structural equation modeling to scale development, issues related to longitudinal modeling and measurement invariance, and applications of longitudinal modeling.

 

 


 

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Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a Professor at the University of Kentucky for the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. She received her EdD from University of Kansas for Severe Disabilities in Early Childhood.

 

 


 

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Dr. Rachel Aiello earned her doctoral degree from University of Kentucky in School Psychology. She previously served as a research assistant for the NIH funded randomized controlled study of Web-based vs face-to-face COMPASS consultation. She completed her internship with the Child Development Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and fellowship with the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Aiello is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Associate Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program – Charlotte Center. Dr. Aiello is directly involved with clinical, consultation, and training activities for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families as well as other related professionals. She provides clinical supervision to bachelor’s and master’s level clinicians within the Charlotte Center. Her research interests are focused on the provision of evidence-based autism assessment practices and services for students with autism within school settings.

 

 


 

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Dr. Kristn Currans received her PsyD from Xavier University in 2006. Currently, she is the Clinical Lead Psychologist for the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she  serves as the Safety Domain Lead for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

 

 


 

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Dr. Grace Kuravackel is a Licensed Psychologist and assistant professor in the department of Pediatrics, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is primarily involved in clinical work at the University of Louisville Autism Center and provides services ranging from diagnostic assessments, intake assessments, individual and family therapy, consults and group therapy. She supervises doctoral students in their clinical and research work at the center as well. She is also involved in a number of research initiatives connected with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More recently she was the Primary Investigator for a collaborative parent support study with the University of Kentucky.