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" and travels 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
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).