18th Annual Alabama Autism Conference


 Cindy Gevarter, PhD, BCBA-D

Cindy Gevarter headshotCindy Gevarter PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia (UVa), an M.T. in special education from UVa, and a Ph.D. in early childhood special education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Gevarter is a certified special education teacher as well as a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) with over 12 years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.

Gevarter's research interests focus on communication intervention and assessment methods for young children with ASD and related disabilities. Her research has focused on the application of behavioral principles to augmentative and alternative communication assessment and intervention. She is also interested in collaboration and training for early intervention providers who work with children with ASD.


Lilith Reuter-Yuill, SLP, BCBA

Lilith Reuter-YuillLilith Reuter-Yuill is currently working towards her doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University under the advisement of Dr. Jonathan Baker, PhD, BCBA-D. She received her master's degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences and completed her thesis comparing AAC modalities under the advisement of Dr. Sandie Bass-Ringdahl, PhD, CCC-A at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and completed her clinical supervision in speech-language pathology and behavior analysis at the Munroe- Meyer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska.

These cross-discipline experiences were transformative and informed her clinical interests related to the roles of SLPs and BCBAs in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary service delivery methods and research focus in the application of verbal behavior in the assessment and treatment of language disorders.

She is excited to share her dual professional perspective at this year's Alabama Autism Conference and learn from others.


Lisa Ruble, PhD

Lisa Ruble headshotDr. Lisa Ruble is a Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Ruble is a clinician-researcher who has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and helped establish two outpatient programs for individuals with ASD at the University of Louisville and at
Vanderbilt University. She developed and provided social skills and behavioral interventions, school consultation and training, and parent training. Her program of services and intervention research is based on these past experiences that highlighted the need for individualizing evidence based practices to optimize outcomes of individuals with ASD.

With NIH funding, Dr. Ruble specializes in implementation factors that can help public schools provide more effective services that lead to positive educational outcomes using COMPASS - an evidence-based student-centered and teacher coaching intervention effective for young children and transition age youth with ASD.

Ivanova Smith

Ivanova Smith headshorIvanova Smith is an Autistic Activist for intellectual and developmental disabilities. They currently work at Artwork! as an activist advocate and UW LEND Faculty. They are a leader in several self-advocacy organizations, such as People First of Washington Self Advocates in Leadership.





Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD

Headshot of Conference Speaker Helen Tager-FlusbergHelen Tager-Flusberg received her Bachelors in Science in Psychology from University College London, and her doctorate from Harvard University. Since 2001, Dr. Tager-Flusberg has been at Boston University, where she is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Director of the Center for Autism Research Excellence.

Dr. Tager-Flusberg has devoted her career to conducting research on autism and other Neurodevelopmental disorders, exploring variability in phenotypic expression and investing developmental and intervention-based changes in language and social cognition using behavioral and brain imaging methodologies. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. She has edited seven books and written over 200 journal articles and book chapters and now writes a blog, Communicating Matters for spectrumnews.org. 

Dr. Tager-Flusberg is the Past President of the International Society for Autism Research, serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She regularly presents her work at scientific and professional conferences and to parent advocacy groups and other stakeholders in the US and countries around the world.

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