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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research – 2012 Update

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Strategic Plan Update External Planning Group Members

The Committee would like to thank the following external experts who volunteered their time to assist with the development of the 2012 IACC Strategic Plan Update.

  • David G. Amaral, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor, Department of
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Director of Research
    MIND Institute
    University of California, Davis
    Sacramento, California

    Daniel Coury, M.D.
    Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
    College of Medicine
    The Ohio State University
    Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    Administrative Medical Director for Behavioral
    Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Columbus, Ohio

    Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
    Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in
    Developmental Disabilities
    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
    Professor, Psychology & Human Development,
    Psychiatry, and Pediatrics
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
    Director of Education
    McCarton Upper School
    New York, New York

    Tawara D. Goode, M.A.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Georgetown University Medical Center
    Washington, D.C.

  • Matthew S. Goodwin, Ph.D., M.A.
    Assistant Professor
    Northeastern University
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    MIT Media Lab
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Lisa Goring
    Vice President
    Family Services
    Autism Speaks

    Dan Hall, M.B.A.
    National Database for Autism Research
    Rockville, Maryland

    Melissa Harris
    Director, Division of Benefits and Coverage Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group
    Center for Medicaid
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Connie Kasari, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychological Studies in Education
    and Psychiatry
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California

    Ami Klin, Ph.D.
    Chief, Autism and Related Disorders
    Marcus Autism Center
    Director, Division of Autism and Related
    Developmental Disabilities
    Department of Pediatrics
    Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Paul A. Law, M.D., M.P.H.
    Medical Informatics
    The Kennedy Krieger Institute
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Roger Little, Ph.D., M.Sc.
    Senior Advisor
    Office of Science Policy, Planning and
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Rockville, Maryland

    Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
    Institute for Brain Development
    New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York, New York

    Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.
    Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
    Chair, Cognitive Childhood Development
    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Craig J. Newschaffer, Ph.D.
    Director, AJ Drexel Autism Institute
    Professor, Department of Epidemiology and
    Drexel University School of Public Health
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor and Senior Scholar, Social
    Determinants of Health
    Portland State University
    Associate Professor, Medicine and Public Health
    & Preventative Medicine
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, Oregon

    Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D.
    Educational Program Developer
    San Diego, California

  • Carlos A. Pardo-Villamizar, M.D.
    Associate Professor, Neurology and Pathology
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, Maryland

  • Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Child Study Center and Department of
    Yale University
    New Haven, Connecticut

    James M. Perrin, M.D.
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Director, MGH Center for Child and Adolescent
    Health Policy
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Isaac N. Pessah, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular
    Children's Center for Environmental Health
    MIND Institute
    University of California, Davis
    Sacramento, California

    Kathryn Poisal
    Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey &
    Certification (CMCS)
    Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group
    Division of Long Term Services and Supports
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Catherine Rice, Ph.D.
    Behavioral Scientist
    National Center on Birth Defects and
    Developmental Disabilities
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Linmarie Sikich, M.D.
    Associate Professor and Director
    Adolescent and School-age Psychiatric
    Intervention Research Program
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    School of Medicine
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Paul T. Shattuck, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Brown School of Social Work
    Washington University in St. Louis
    St. Louis, Missouri

    Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Washington, DC

    Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
    Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Rochester, New York

    Aubyn C. Stahmer, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist
    University of California, San Diego
    San Diego, California

    Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychiatry
    Professor of Genetics
    Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics
    Deputy Chairman for Research, Department of
    Yale University School of Medicine
    New Haven, Connecticut

    Bonnie Strickland, Ph.D.
    Director, Division of Services for Children with
    Special Healthcare Needs
    Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Rockville, Maryland

  • Ann Turnbull, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor
    Special Education Co-director
    Beach Center on Disability
    Department of Special Education
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas

  • Lorri Shealy Unumb, J.D.
    Vice President
    State Government Affairs
    Autism Speaks
    New York, New York

    Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Director, Treatment and Research Institute for
    Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)
    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Diedre Washington-Jones, M.P.H., CHES
    Senior Public Health Analyst/Program Director
    Division of Services for Children with Special
    Health Needs
    Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    Rockville, Maryland

    Larry Wexler, Ed.D.
    Division Director
    Research to Practice Division
    Office of Special Education and Rehabiliative
    Department of Education
    Washington, DC

    Jeffrey Wood, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Division of Child Psychiatry and Division of
    Psychological Studies in Education
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California

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