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Advisory Board

Members of the First Signs clinical advisory board include the following professionals and clinicians:


Margaret Bauman, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Neurologist and Associate Pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Medical Director of Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services (LADDERS) at MGH/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Since 1983, Dr. Bauman, along with Dr. Thomas Kemper, has been involved in autism research. In 1984, these investigators were the first to report anatomic abnormalities in the autistic brain involving neuronal circuitry known to be important to learning, memory, emotion, and behavior. Dr. Bauman is also a collaborator on a number of additional projects including genetic studies in multi-incidence families, PET scan analysis in high functioning adults with autism, and studies of brain serotonin synthesis in children with autism. Dr. Bauman has published extensively and presents regularly at national conferences.

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Kenneth A. Bock, MD, FAAP, FACN, CNS

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Rhinebeck Health Center in Rhinebeck, NY and The Center for Progressive Medicine in Albany, NY; Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Nutrition, and the American College for Advancement in Medicine; clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Albany Medical College; and President of The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).

For the past 23 years, Dr. Bock has had much success in caring for people with chronic complex disorders, including difficult to diagnose and/or difficult to treat conditions, by employing a comprehensive integrative medicine approach. More recently, in the past seven years he has brought this approach to children with autism spectrum disorders and ADD/ADHD. He has also become a leading clinician in the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) movement, helping hundreds of affected children on their journey toward recovery.

Dr. Bock lectures widely, both nationally and internationally, on integrative approaches to immune system health, Lyme disease, and autism spectrum disorders and he is the co-author of three books: “The Road to Immunity” (Pocket Books), “Natural Relief for Your Child's Asthma” (Harper Collins), and “The Germ Survival Guide” (McGraw-Hill).

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Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington; Director of the NICHD/NIDCD Program Project on the Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism, a National Institutes of Health Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism; Director, NIMH STAART Network and UW Autism Center.

Dr. Dawson has had an active career as a scientist and clinician specializing in autism and the effects of experience on early brain development. She has published numerous articles and chapters on these topics, and edited or authored a number of books, including Autism: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Human Behavior and the Developing Brain, and A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. She has been the recipient of continuous research funding from the NIH for her studies on autism and child psychopathology since 1983. She is internationally-recognized for her pioneering research on early diagnosis and brain function in autism and early biological risk factors for psychopathology. Dawson has served on many national committees and task forces pertaining to child mental health, including NIH scientific review and consensus panels. Dawson has been Associate Editor for three scientific journals, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Psychophysiology, and Development and Psychopathology. She is currently Director of the University of Washington Autism Center, which consists of an NIH-funded multi-disciplinary program research program on the Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism and which provides diagnostic, consultation, and intervention services for children with autism and their families, and professional training and outreach to the greater Northwest.

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Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.N., L.P.

Health program planner and nutritionist. Co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR).

With over twenty years of clinical experience, Ms. Dorfman’s specialty is developing nutrition and lifestyle strategies to address complex health problems, including autism spectrum disorders, bone loss, and rare genetic disorders, particularly with children. She has lead workshops and lectured in over 20 cities throughout the U.S. Sponsoring groups have included doctors, therapists, optometrists, international associations, and schools. She has been appointed to advisory boards of several national organizations and has served, by governor appointment, on the Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice.

Ms. Dorfman co-founded the non-profit organization, Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), whose mission is to educate parents, teachers and health professionals who deal with children facing attention, behavior, and cognitive challenges. They provide information and training in non-drug interventions that address the root causes of these conditions.

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Frances P. Glascoe, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.

From 1987 to 1999, Dr. Glascoe directed the rotation in child development for interns and medical students. Her research focuses on the accuracy of many different developmental and behavioral screening measures and she is the author of more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. A summary of these studies is featured on the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Web site. Dr. Glascoe is the author of Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) and PEDS: Developmental Milestones (PEDS:DM), a very brief screen for developmental and behavioral problems for children 0 - 8, the Safety Word Inventory and Literacy Screener (for children 6 - 14), and the co-author of the Brigance Infant and Toddler Screens. She presents frequently at meetings of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. Dr. Glascoe was for eight years the North American Editor of Ambulatory Child Health: the Journal of General, Community and Social Pediatrics. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and is the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics News.

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Harold Ireton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (now retired) at University of Minnesota-Health Sciences Center. Consultant and workshop leader.

Since 1963, Dr. Ireton has been a developmental psychologist, whose career spans 35 years in the departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He has been involved in training pediatric and family practice residents, providing clinical services to children with developmental disabilities and conducting applied research with children and adults.

Dr. Ireton has committed his interests equally between the development of parents and children, promoting parent involvement, building parent-professional collaboration and encouraging children and their parents. His research and clinical interest has been in the development of parent-friendly screening and assessment tools for young children. Dr. Ireton is the author of standardized parent questionnaires for assessment (The Child Development Inventory) and screening (Infant Development Inventory, Child Development Review) as well as a system for integrating parents’ and professionals’ observations and concerns. He is the author of numerous articles and three books related to developmental screening and assessment.

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Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Founder and Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Landa has been a speech-language pathologist for over 25 years. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. She serves on a variety of autism task force groups and NIH committees. Dr. Landa is a recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Shannon Award for excellent and innovative research design and content, the Rita Rudel Prize for Research in Developmental Neuropsychology, and the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Field.

Dr. Landa’s research focuses on early markers of autism, learning mechanisms in children with autism, and treatment of autism. Her longitudinal research of infants at risk for autism has revealed that autism can diagnosed by 14 months of age in some children. Her treatment research indicates that early intervention is associated with gains cognition, language, and social domains. She is involved with numerous initiatives to improve early detection of autism and intervention services for children with autism.

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Catherine Lord, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan; Director of the Autism Center at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lord has over 25 years experience as a clinical psychologist with a special focus on diagnosis, social and communication development, and intervention of autism spectrum disorders. She is best known for her work in longitudinal studies of children and adults with autism and the development of the standard autism diagnostic measures, the ADOS and the ADI-R, used in both practice and in research. Dr. Lord is past chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Early Intervention in Autism and she is editor of the National Research Council’s 300-page report, Educating Children with Autism. Dr. Lord’s past work experience includes the University of Chicago, University of California-Los Angeles, University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, University of Alberta, the London Medical Research Council Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit and Harvard University (Children’s Hospital).

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Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of Childhood Communication Services; Adjunct Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University; and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Prizant has more than 30 years experience as a clinical scholar, researcher, and international consultant for children and adults with ASD and related developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Prizant has published more than 90 articles and chapters on autism spectrum disorders and pediatric communication disabilities, serves on the advisory board of six professional journals, and has presented at more than 500 seminars and numerous keynote addresses at national and international conferences. He is co-editor of the book: Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Developmental, Transactional Perspective (Wetherby & Prizant, 2000) and the two volume manual, The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children with ASD (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006). Dr. Prizant served on the NIH Committee on the Screening & Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and has received numerous awards, as well as widespread recognition for his clinical and scholarly work, including the Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award “for improving the quality of life for individuals with autism”.

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Ricki G. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H.

Co-director of the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine; Senior Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and private pediatric physician at HMF/Descanso Pediatrics in La Canada.

Dr. Robinson serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Autism Speaks. She has devoted endless hours in education, legislative, and research efforts on behalf of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has organized two Autism task forces in Southern California and stimulated research efforts within these institutions. Dr. Robinson serves on the board of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) and the editorial board for the Journal of Development and Learning Disorders. She has published numerous articles and chapters in a variety of publications and she is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of biomedical approaches to and development of multidisciplinary treatment plans for children who have autism spectrum disorders.

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Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine and Laurel Schendel Professor, Department of Communication Disorders, Florida State University; and Executive Director of the Florida State University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Dr.Wetherby has thirty years of clinical experience and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has published extensively and presents regularly at national conventions on social communication profiles of children with autism spectrum disorders and early identification of communication disorders in infants and toddlers. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for Educational Interventions for Children with Autism and she is the Project Director of the FIRST WORDS Project, a longitudinal research investigation on early identification of young children at-risk for autism spectrum and other communication disorders, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the Project Director of an early treatment study teaching parents of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders how to support social communication and a Doctoral Leadership Training Grant specializing in autism.

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Serena Wieder, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders; Co-Chairman, Diagnostic Classification Task Force, Zero to Three : The National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Arlington, VA.

Dr. Wieder is one of the nation’s leading clinicians, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and young children with developmental delays. She is the co-author of The Child with Special Needs (Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth). Dr. Wieder is on the faculty of the Infant Mental Health Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and is an associate editor of the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders. Dr. Wieder has published widely in the professional literature, and she has conducted many training workshops in the diagnosis and treatment of complex developmental problems.

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Barry Zuckerman, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, and Chief of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Zuckerman’s major interests are in promoting the health and development of children through generating information and establishing more effective services and policies to assist them in achieving their full potential. He has also developed and implemented number of local and national programs that emphasize prevention, involve nonmedical disciplines and go beyond traditional medical care. These programs include: Reach Out and Read Program; Pediatric Pathways to Success Program; Family Advocacy Program; Women and Infant’s Program; the Boston Training Center for Infants and the Healthy Steps program.

Dr. Zuckerman is an author of more than 120 articles and is the editor of four books. He has served as a member of important national groups assessing the problems and challenges facing children and their solutions, including The National Commission on Children, NIH Consensus Development Conference, The Carnegie Commission on Meeting the Needs of Young Children, and Institute of Medicine Task Force, as well as on boards and task forces for state and local groups. He has been past Chairman of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, a member of the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Board Member of Zero to Three - National Center for Infants and Toddlers, and National Center for Children and Poverty. Dr. Zuckerman received a National Leadership Award from the Children’s Defense Fund.

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