Who's Who in the World of Asperger Syndrome
Listed below are some of the names you may hear mentioned in a discussion of
Asperger Syndrome (AS). Included is a
brief description of who the person is, any school or business affiliation, how they relate to AS education, research or
treatment and a link to the person's website.
Tony Attwood, Ph.D.
Dr. Tony Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has been
specializing in the treatment of individuals with AS for
over 20 years. He is the author of "Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals"
extensively worldwide to speak at AS and autism conferences. Dr.
Attwood's website at www.tonyattwood.com.au
is full of fascinating articles and information
and includes a schedule of his upcoming appearances. He lives and works
in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Jed Baker is the director of The Social Skills Training Project, a family therapy and consultative services practice for families of sutdents with social communication difficulties, and serves as director of social skills training for the Milburn School District in New Jersey. He is a professional advisory board memeber for the Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc, (ASPEN), the educational network for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Dr. Temple Grandin is an individual with autism and the author of "Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life With Autism."
She travels extensively to speak at autism and AS
conferences. Dr. Grandin
has published several fascinating books about the experience of growing up
with autism and the techniques she has used to cope with this. She is
an Assistant Professor in the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State
University in Fort Collins. For more information about Dr. Grandin and
about her work designing animal processing facilities, visit
her website at www.grandin.com/temple.html.
Barb Kirby is the parent of a son diagnosed with AS and the co-author of "The
OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome" (to be published in Fall of 2001 by
Crown Publishing). She is the founder and owner of the OASIS Web,
founder of the Asperger Syndrome Support Listserv and moderator of several
online support forums. She is one of the founding members and former
Vice-President of ASC-U.S., Inc. and
currently sits on their Professional Advisory Board. For more
information about Barb and OASIS, visit the OASIS website at www.aspergersyndrome.org.
Ami Kline, Ph.D.
Ami Kline is a Harris Associate Professor of Child Pyschology and Psychiatry at Yale Universities Child Study Center. The author of more than 60 articles and chapters in the field of Autism and related disorders, he has co-authored a series of federally funded research studies focused on Asperger's Syndrome.
Roger N. Myer
Roger Myer is the executive director of the Portland Asperger Syndrome Research Project. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1997. He has recently worked as a Part/Student Special Education Advocate and support group moderator. He has co-authored A Manual for Resolving Group Conflicts, and an article on Self Determination for People with Developmental Disabilities and Autism, which appeared in the journal, Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.
Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen is a speech/language pathologist who also holds a
Ph.D. in Special Education. Her area of
expertise is in education programming and speech/language needs for children
with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and AS, and she is a
frequent speaker at autism and AS conferences. She has
written several books including "Trevor Trevor," a children's
book, and "How to be a Para Pro." Dr. Twachtman-Cullen is the Executive Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Consultation
Center in Higganum, CT.
Fred Volkmar, MD
Fred Volkmar is professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale Universities Child Study Center. The author of more than 150 articles, chapters, and books, he is editor of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Autism, Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatries Committee on Autism, and an associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Develomental Disorders, and The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D.
Dr. Liane Holliday Willey is an individual with AS and the
author of "Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome"
and "Asperger Syndrome and the Family: Redefining Normal." She is a dynamic and
entertaining speaker at AS conferences. For more
information about Dr. Willey, see her website at www.aspie.com
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC
Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech language pathologist, specializing in the treatment of students cognitive defects, including diagnoses such as Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. She has a private practice in San Jose, CA, where she works with clients and consults with families and schools. She also travels internationally giving workshops. She has written 4 books, and promoted Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day (DVD).