Advisory BoardS

The Center is advised by both an external and internal advisory boards on its development, strategic planning, and Center-based initiatives.

exterNAL ADVISORY BOARD

The Center is advised by an external advisory board comprised of experts from the fields of teacher training, special education, education policy, early childhood, transition, advocacy, assessment, clinical intervention, and autism spectrum disorders. The external board has representatives from higher education faculty, local education agencies, parent groups, PK-12 educators, private corporations, families, and concerned citizens. 

State Representative Cathy Abercrombie
Dr. Michael Ben-Avie
Dr. Mary Beth Bruder
Mr. John Cubeta Zibluk
Dr. Beverly Gerber
Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher
Dr. Marianne Kennedy, Provost
Dr. John Molteni
Dr. Deborah Newton
Ms. Donna Popowski 
Dr. Michael Powers
Mr. Edward Roman
Ms. Lois Rosenwald
Ms. Maria Synodi
Ms. Doreen Tilt
Dr. Fred Volkmar
Mr. Derek Yurgaitus
Ms. Maria Yurgaitis

 

Internal advisory board

Additionally, the Center is advised by an internal advisory board of Southern Connecticut State University administrators, faculty and staff across multiple disciplines. This board focuses on matters related to research, grants, community initiatives, and current discipline-specific trends concerning ASD and the work of the Center.   

Dr. Michael Ben-Avie
Dr. James Dempsey
Ms. Deborah Fairchild
Dr. Joy Fopiano
Dr. Beverly Gerber
Dr. Esther Howe
Dr. Julia Irwin
Dr. James MacGregor
Dr. Peter Madonia
Dr. Deborah Newton
Ms. Lisa Ribeschi
Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling
Dr. Jin Jin Yang

content validity PanelS

The Center is dedicated to best practices in curriculum development, instrument design, and project evaluation and works with a variety of national, regional, and local experts to validate and evaluate its training content. Feedback and ratings from experts on curriculum, instructional activities, manuals, procedural guidelines, instructional delivery modes, and other training components guide the Center's development, piloting, and implementation procedures. Each year the Center Director identifies needed expertise aligned with project goals and secures  qualified individuals to serve on the Center's Content Validity Panels.