Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Barry Prizant has more than 40 years experience as a scholar, researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD and their families. Barry is an Adjunct Professor, Brown University, and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Formerly, he was an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Brown University Program in Medicine, and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College, Boston.
Barry is co-author of The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for children with ASD, and co-editor of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Developmental, Transactional Perspective. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters, presented more than 700 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, and has developed family-centered programs for children with ASD in hospital and clinic settings. Barry consults to public and private schools, and agencies world-wide. Over the past 18 years, he has developed, co-facilitates and raises funds for an annual weekend retreat for parents of family members with autism.
Barry has received many awards for his scholarly work and commitment to persons with disabilities, including Fellowship in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the 2005 Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, and the 2013 “Divine Neurotypical Award” of the Global and Regional Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership “for work on behalf of persons with ASD”. He was an invited speaker for the 2013 World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations.
Elysa Marco, MD
Dr. Marco is the director of research for the UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program (ANP). In addition to the founding and directing research efforts for the UCSF ANP, Dr. Marco directs the cognitive and behavioral child neurology clinic and participates in the neurology and genetics multidisciplinary autism clinics at UCSF. Dr. Marco’s research laboratory applies her clinical expertise in cognition and behavior to understanding the neural mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders related to autism, agenesis of the corpus callosum, sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADHD, and brain injury. Her laboratory is focuses on how individuals with neurodevelopmental differences process basic sensory information from perception to action. Her research investigates how children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders process sensory information using magnetoencephalographic imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. Her expanding treatment projects are targeting computer training as a tool for augmenting positive brain plasticity.