IACC Full Committee Meeting Speaker Biographies - January 14, 2014
Ami Klin, Ph.D.
Director, Marcus Autism Center
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Professor and Chief, Division of Autism and Related Disabilities
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Klin is director of the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University (EU), a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar at EU, and professor and chief of the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics, EU School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized psychologist and researcher. Dr. Klin's primary research focuses on the social mind and brain and aspects of autism from infancy through adulthood. In his most noted work, he used eye-tracking technology to visualize and measure social engagement, allowing him to monitor infants who potentially have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Klin's research goal is to identify individuals with ASD as early as possible so that potential therapies can have their maximal effect.
Mark H. Leddy, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director for Science
Division of Health Interview Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Leddy is a program director in the Division of Human Resource Development, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), National Science Foundation (NSF). He manages NSF proposals and awards for three programs: Research on Education and Learning, EHR Core Research, and the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Dr. Leddy also managed past awards of the Research in Disabilities Education Program. He has received the NSF Director's Award for Achievement in Equal Opportunity or Diversity and the NSF Director's Superior Accomplishment Award. Dr. Leddy represents the NSF Director on the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR). Before joining NSF in 2006, he was an Associate Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the Director of the NSF-funded Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM. Before leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Leddy was also a Research Fellow at the Waisman Center and the Edward D. Morris Endowed Accommodation Specialist at the McBurney Disability Resource Center.