USCAP: College Connections


USCAP, through US Autism Association, boasts a proud network of speakers, staff, and board members that are highly trained in the field of autism, many that hold faculty and other positions at colleges and universities across the U.S. including:

Adelphi University
Case Western Reserve University Hospitals
Harvard Medical School
George Washington University
Illinois Central College
University of Arkansas
University of Arizona
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Denver
University of Illinois College of Dentistry
University of Northern Colorado
University of Southern California
University of Sunderland, UK
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

For a comprehensive list, see below

Professional Network

The USCAP program bridges services between autism support experts, colleges or universities, and individuals on the spectrum. In addition to an expansive network of college resources, we also connect with a significant network of world-renowned professionals supporting the community with expertise in the following professions:
Medical Practitioners
Educational Consultants
Life Skills and Transition Coaches
Occupational, Physical and Visual Therapists
Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Behavioral Therapists
Psychologists and Social Workers

College Connections

Aldelphi University - Stephen Shore, EdD
Dr. Shore presently works as an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University teaching Master’s courses in Special Education including Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Shore was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies." Dr. Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Dr. Shore has presented at USAAA conferences since 2007. Dr. Shore serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board.

Case Western University School of Medicine - Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Dr. DeMio is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He received his M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with honors in Neurosurgery, Endocrinology/Metabolism, Advanced OB/GYN, and Advanced Internal Medicine. Dr. DeMio has been a faculty member at several teaching hospitals including Case Western University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is accredited by the Teaching System of U.S. Armed Forces Medical Core and his career includes an emphasis on toxicology. Dr. DeMio serves on the USAAA Board and is the Chief Medical Officer for US Autism & Asperger Association. He also serves as the Executive Director for the American Medical Autism Board. Dr. DeMio has a son who is affected with ASD. Dr. DeMio has presented at USAAA World Conferences since 2006.

Colorado State University - Temple Grandin, PhD
Dr. Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was brought to the screen in 2010 in the HBO production full-length film, "Temple Grandin", which claimed seven Emmy Awards. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin has been a keynote speaker at many USAAA World Conferences since 2007.

George Washington University - Valerie Hu, PhD
Dr. Valerie Hu is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The George Washington University Medical Center as well as a mother of a son with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She redirected her research focus towards autism in 2005 and has since published 10 papers on the genes and biological pathways associated with ASD. Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology and did her postdoctoral research in Membrane Biochemistry and Immunology at UCLA. Dr. Hu serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board and has presented at the USAAA World Conferences since 2012.

Harvard Medical School - Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Dr. Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist with subspecialty certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Principal Investigator, a member of the MGH Center for Morphometric Analysis, and an affiliate of the HST-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Herbert has been a keynote speaker at the USAAA World Conferences since 2010.

Modena University School of Medicine, Italy - Federico Balzola, MD
Dr. Balzola holds board certification in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy in 1994 in Italy at the Modena University School of Medicine. He attended medical school in the Turin University School of Medicine, graduated in 1989, where he then completed his gastroenterological residency. Dr. Bazola presented at the 2006 USAAA World Conferences in Park City, Utah.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine - Devin Houston, PhD
In 1990, Dr. Houston accepted a position at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. While there, he obtained the position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. His research focus was on characterizing the cannabinoid (marihuana) receptor as a possible model for Alzheimer's research. Dr. Houston's work was funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health. He published several peer-reviewed papers, as well as presenting his finding at several symposia. Dr. Houston presented at the 2006, 2007, and 2011 USAAA World Conferences.

State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY)- Doris Rapp, MD, FAAP
Dr. Rapp is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric allergy and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Rapp served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo until January 1996. Dr. Rapp is a past President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Rapp has published 29 medical articles, authored eight chapters in medical texts, and written eleven books and three booklets about allergy. Dr. Rapp received the Humanitarian Award from Temple University in October 2002 for outstanding contributions in helping children with environmental illness. - with Nobel Prize winner John Nash and Betty Ford. Dr. Rapp presented at the 2008 USAAA World Conference in Austin, Texas.

University of Arkansas - Richard E. Fyre, MD, PhD
Dr. Frye is the Director of Autism Research at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his MD/PhD from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at University of Miami, and a child neurology residency and fellowship in behavioral neurology and learning disabilities at Children s Hospital Boston. Dr. Frye is board certified in general pediatrics and in neurology with special competency in child neurology. Dr. Frye studies brain structure and function in neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic disorders in autism, and novel autism treatments. He has published numerous papers and book chapters on children with autism. Dr. Frye presented at the 2012 USAAA World Conference.

University of California - Irvine (UC Irvine) - Sudhir Gupta, MD, PhD
Dr. Sudhir Gupta is the highest ranking Professor of Medicine Pathology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, the Chief of the Division of Basic and Clinical Immunology at the University of California, Irvine. He is internationally known for his important contributions in the fields of cellular and molecular immunology as it relates to AIDS, cancer research, aging, primary immunodeficiency diseases, and autism. Dr. Gupta has published more than 450 scientific publications, invited reviews, and book chapters. Dr. Gupta presented at the 2008 USAAA World Conference in Austin, Texas.

University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) - J. Michael Uszler, MD
Dr. Uszler, is the Medical Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Saint John's Heath Center in Santa Monica, CA, the Medical Director at Santa Monica Imaging & Therapy Associates, Inc., and Assistant Clinical Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA. Dr. Uszler has been actively involved in SPECT imaging of all body areas for 20 years, with a particular focus on the brain since 1992. Dr. Uszler serves on the US Autism & Asperger Advisory Board and presented at USAAA World Conferences in 2007, 2009, and 2012.

University of Denver - Lauren H. Kerstein, MS, LCSW
Lauren Kerstein is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. After receiving Bachelors of Arts in both Education and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Lauren attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work and received a Masters in Social Work. Lauren is the author of "My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children". Lauren is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. Lauren presented at the USAAA 2012 World Conference.

University of Illinois College of Dentistry - Robert E. Rada, DDS
Dr. Robert Rada is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. For the past 25 years he has also maintained a private practice in LaGrange, Illinois focusing on restorative and aesthetic dentistry, care for the dental phobic patient, as well as dentistry for special needs patients and hospital dentistry. Approximately half of his private practice is devoted to individuals with developmental disabilities and he treats patients with autism on an almost daily basis. Dr. Rada presented at the USAAA 2012 World Conference

University of Kansas - Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
Dr. Myles is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger's Syndrome and autism. The recipient of the 2004 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award and the 2006 Princeton Fellowship Award, she has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism. Dr. Myles presented at the 2007 USAAA World Conference in Denver, Colorado.

University of Kentucky - Boyd Haley, PhD
Dr. Haley is the former Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky (1996-2005). Dr. Haley is an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology, Yale University Medical School from 1971 to 1974. Dr. Haley presented at the 2006 and 2007 USAAA World Conferences in Park City, Utah and Denver, Colorado.

University of Northern Colorado - Robin Brewer, EdD
Robin Brewer, EdD, is an associate professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. She has also worked as a special education teacher and a behavioral consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. Dr. Brewer started the Autism Task Force while at the Colorado Department of Education and continues to be an active member, training teams to work with students with autism around the state. Dr. Brewer presented at the USAAA 2012 World Conference.

University of Northern Colorado - Tracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD
Dr. Tracy Gershwin Mueller is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches undergraduate/graduate courses in special education and coordinates the Intervention Specialist MA program. Tracy specializes in interventions for children/youth with challenging behaviors, autism, family-school partnerships, and alternative dispute resolution. She is an advocate for special education and her work focuses on meaningful positive dialogue between parents/teachers. Dr. Mueller presented at the USAAA 2012 World Conference.

University of Southern California - Tim Page, DFA
Tim Page, DFA is a professor in both the Annenberg School of Journalism and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post, where he has held the position of chief classical music critic since 1995. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Connecticut. Page was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He is the author of Parallel Play, an autobiographical account of "Growing up with Undiagnosed Asperger's". Tim Page serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board and has presented at the USAAA World Conferences since 2011.

University of Sunderland, UK - Paul Shattock, OBE
Paul Shattock is Honorary Director of the Autism Research Unit (ARU) following his retirement in 1998 from teaching Pharmacy for over 20 years at the University of Sunderland. He is Chairman of ESPA (European Service for People with Autism) (providing teaching and residential services for young adults with autism) and Vice-President of the World Autism Organisation (WAO) having previously been secretary for Autisme-Europe. Paul presented at the USAAA 2008 World Conference in Austin, Texas.

University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - Janet Kern, PhD, RN
Dr. Kern is a former an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kern is a registered nurse with an MS in Neuroscience and a PhD in Human Development, with 28 years of experience in medicine. Dr. Kern has been doing clinical research in autism for the last 14 years. Dr. Kern presented at the USAAA 2008 World Conference in Austin, Texas.

University of Utah - Richard Dunie, MPh, MBA, CPA
Richard Dunie, MPh, MBA, CPA is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. In addition to teaching accounting to undergraduate and graduate students, he teaches an introductory course in which students have the opportunity to read a collection of classic readings on various topics related to business, commerce, and economics. He completed several years of graduate study at the University of Utah and recently received a Masters in Philosophy. His son was diagnosed with nonspecific developmental delay at the age of four, also known as PDD-NOS.

University of Washington Medical Center - Gary A. Stobbe, MD
Dr. Stobbe has been in practice since 1993 and joined the University of Washington Medicine as University of Washington Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry in 2008. He is a faculty member of the Western MS Center at University of Washington Medical Center and is Director of Adult Transition Services at Seattle Children's Autism Center. Dr. Stobbe specializes in neurology, with a particular interest in autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. His research interests include functional imaging in cognitive neurology and the transition to adulthood of individuals with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Stobbe will be presenting at the USAAA 2011 World Conference in Seattle, Washington.

University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health - Jay D. Burstein, MD, FACS
Dr. Burstein is a board-certified urologist specializing in incontinence, interstitial cystitis, and prostate disorders. He was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Burstein has served on the USAAA Board of Directors since 2005.

Utah State University - Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Christopher M. Gauthier holds a MFA from Ohio University in photography and received a BA from Southern Illinois University. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art; Webster University, The Netherlands; Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation and in private collections nationally and internationally. Autism advocacy became a personal imperative when he became aware of the link between his environmental concerns and his children's autism. Chris is a collaborative partner in the photographic project Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism. Chris has presented at the USAAA World Conferences since 2011.

Utah State University - J. Dennis Odell, MD, FAAP
Dr. Odell is Director, BioMedical Division, for Center for Persons with Disabilities, at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He is Board Certified in pediatrics. Dr. Odell is Medical Director, Kids Care Urgent Care Pediatric Clinic, and Budge Clinic, Logan, Utah. Dr. Odell presented at the USAAA 2008 World Conference in Austin, Texas.

Utah State University - A. Ron Torres, MD
Dr. Torres is the Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, where he is responsible for the research performed at the Biomedical Laboratory. He was a medical resident in Laboratory Medicine at Yale University from 1981-83, and served as an Assistant Professor at Yale until 1986. Dr. Torres presented at the USAAA 2008 World Conference in Austin, Texas.

Washington University School of Medicine - Cheryl Klohr, MS, OTR/L
Cheryl Klohr is an occupational therapist at the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy. She is currently working on a collaborative effort to develop the Washington University Occupational Therapy Pediatric Clinic. Ms. Klohr presented at the USAAA 2010 World Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Washington University School of Medicine - John Constantino, MD
Dr. Constantino is a Blanche F. Ittleson Professor, and Director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Constantino’s work has involved the genetic epidemiology of autistic social impairment and the discovery of distinct patterns of familial aggregation of sub clinical autistic traits in the relatives of children with autism. Dr. Constantino presented at the USAAA 2010 World Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

West Virginia University - James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Dr. Partington is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., in Walnut Creek, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), and has more than 30 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. His expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders. He has previously been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s College. Dr. Partington serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. He has presented at multiple USAAA conferences including the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 World conferences.

College Internship Program - Michael McManmon, EdD
Dr. McManmon founded the College Internship Programs in 1984. He has a unique perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum. He is licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. Dr. McManmom serves on the USAAA Advisory Board and has presented at the USAAA 2010, 2011, and 2012 World Conferences. The College Internship Program has developed a formula for success for individuals with ASD and related disabilities who wish to attend and complete college.


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