Speakers for the Alabama Autism Conference

 

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Emily Rubin 

Emily Rubin

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center, an academic affiliate of Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence. She has served as a member of an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of ASD. As a co-author of the SCERTS Model, she lectures internationally both in-person and through distance learning. Currently, the focus of her work is on supporting community-based educational systems to build internal capacity for supporting social emotional engagement and social emotional learning competencies within classroom lessons.


Beth Ann Malow
   

Beth Ann Malow

Dr. Malow received her B.S. degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1984 and her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She then did her internship in Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY from 1987-88. Her residency in the Harvard-Longwood Neurological Training Program in Boston, MA from 1988-91 was followed by a fellowship in epilepsy, EEG, and sleep at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD from 1991-94.

In 1995 she received a Clinical Investigator Development Award from the NIH while on faculty as assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she completed an M.S. degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Malow was a tenured associate professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan and director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program and the General Clinical Research Center Sleep Program.

She is board certified in both Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine, and serves as an editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer for a number of professional journal and NIH study sections.



 Katherine A. Loveland

 Katherine A. Loveland 

Dr. Katherine Loveland is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Loveland has a clinic called C.L.A.S.S. (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services). The mission of UTHealth C.L.A.S.S. Clinic is to improve the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan, by clinical diagnosis and treatment as well as research into the nature and causes of ASD and the factors that contribute to improved outcomes. Dr. Loveland treats patients of all ages. Her research interests include application of new technology for treatments in ASD, gene-environment interaction related to risks for ASD and cultural factors affecting parent stress in families of children with autism.

 Throughout her career she has received several awards and honors such as the Landmark Charities Professorship in Autism Research and Treatment and UTHealth McGovern Medical School Academy of Master Educators. Dr. Loveland is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and active member of several organizations including: International Society for Autism Research, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and Society for Neuroscience.

Karen Bearss 

 Karen Bearss

Karen Bearss is Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She earned her B.S. in Psychology as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Seattle community, she served as an Associate Research Scientist at the School of Nursing and Child Study Center at Yale University and Assistant Professor at Emory University where her work focused on parenting interventions for children with disruptive behaviors, as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments into community mental health centers. At the University of Washington, she works at the Seattle Children's Autism Center where she continues to focus on developing and evaluating evidence-based parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Clinical pursuits include overseeing multidisciplinary evaluations for young children with ASD and related disorders.


Jack Gallagher 

 Jack Gallagher

For most of his life, Jack Gallagher has been entertaining. First as a kid for his family and then for his friends and teachers at school. Jack started his professional comedy career in Boston during the early 80's. As part of that explosive comedy scene, Jack helped establish such clubs as The Comedy Connection, Stitches and the legendary Ding-Ho Comedy. After moving to Los Angeles, Jack became a regular at The Improv and added big screen credits to his resume by landing a major role in the feature film Shakes the Clown with Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait. He has also appeared in Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood and was featured in the made for television movie Incident at Ruby Ridge.

Jack can currently be seen as the co-host of the popular nationally syndicated Public television show MoneyTrack. Gallagher's work on network television includes his own ABC sitcom Bringing Up Jack as well as a recurring role on the HBO Original Series Curb Your Enthusiasm. A favorite of talk/variety show hosts and audiences, Jack made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as well as NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In addition to headlining virtually every major comedy club in the country, Gallagher has appeared in concert with Dolly Parton, The Four Tops and Tony Bennett to name a few.

Jack has written and continues to perform his four critically acclaimed one-man shows "Letters to Declan," "Just The Guy," “What He Left” and “A Different Kind Of Cool” in theaters and at corporate events across the country. Jack is a three time Emmy award winner for his work as host of the PBS shows Money Moves, Off-Limits and Kids, Cash and Common Sense. And was also honored with the NATPE IRIS award in the category "On-Camera Talent."

When he's not working, Jack can be found at home with his wife Jean and sons Declan and Liam trying to figure out ways to stay off the road.

Nancy Sullivan 

Nancy Sullivan

Dr. Nancy Sullivan is a pediatric psychologist with over twenty years of experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has expertise in treating children on the Spectrum with applied behavioral analysis (ABA), parent training, behavioral family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her subspecialty in treating children with avoidant restrictive food intake.  She works within the Division of Developmental Medicine and Gastroenterology at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Sullivan received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.