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Our faculty members are experts in autism.

The Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi is home to a team of experts in autism across the full spectrum of diagnoses. These individuals have come together in the creation of an Autism Task Force that is actively changing the lives of autistic individuals and their supporters, both locally and globally.

About the the Autism Task Force

Established in 2006, the Autism Task Force is an interdisciplinary University membership created by Dr. Ron Feingold and coordinated by Dr. Stephen Shore. Our purpose is to discuss and promote autism-related activities on campus.

To join, contact Dr. Stephen Shore at 516-237-8537 or sshore@adelphi.edu.

Adelphi faculty and administration with expertise in autism

Dr. Pavan Antony
Assistant Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Ed.D., Washington State University (2009)
Post Graduate, : Kerala University, India (2005)
MA Public administration, Kerala University, India (2004)

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Inclusive Education
  • International Issues, Laws & Policies in Special Education
  • Family and Culture
  • Transition Issues and children with disabilities
  • Working with children with severe disabilities

Dr. Cindy Arroyo
Associate Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Doctor of Arts, Adelphi University (2005)
M.S., Adelphi University (1979)

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Alternative & Augmentative Communication
  • Feeding and Motor Speech Disorders in Young Children

Dr. Judith Cohen
Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Juris Doctor, Hofstra University (1988)
PH.D., Hofstra University (1975)

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Literacy Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Special Education – Autism

Dr. Barbrina Ertle
Assistant Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Ed.D., Cognitive Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University (2006)
M.A., Teaching: Elementary Education, Johns Hopkins University (1999)

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Early childhood education
  • Mathematics education
  • Science education
  • Special Education – Autism

Dr. Valerie Karr
Assistant Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University (2009)
M.Ed., Plymouth State University (2005) 

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Autism
  • Human Rights and Disability
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Determination

Mitch Nagler, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Director
The Social Training Center

Dr. Ionas Sapountzis
Associate Professor, Director of the School Psychology Masters Program
Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Ph.D, New York University (1990)
MA, New York University (1983)

Prof. Patricia M. Schissel, L.M.S.W.
Executive Director, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AH)

Dr. Stephen Shore
Assistant Professor
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Ed.D. in Education, Boston University (2008)
M.A. in Music Education, Boston University (1992)

Teaching Specializations/Interests:

  • Introduction to Autism
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
  • Comparing Different Approaches of Treating Children with Autism
  • Introduction to Special Education
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