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Scientific Council

The OAR Scientific Council is comprised of 16 leading autism and medical professionals serving as an expert information resource for all OAR research matters. In that regard, the Council assists the Board of Directors in developing its research strategy, near-term priorities, and long-range objectives. The Council also provides program guidance, oversight for the annual research competition, and plays a central role in ensuring prospective OAR research proposals receive the highest quality reviews.

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.
JPG Consultation Group
Chair, Scientific Council

Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Executive Director
Eden II Programs
Staten Island, NY
Vice Chair, Scientific Council

Jonathan Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Glen Dunlap, Ph.D.
Department of Child and Family Studies
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Kara Hume, Ph.D.

FPG Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Science
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Suzanne Letso, M.A., BCBA
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Center for Child Development
Milford, CT

Michael Londner, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Inova Health Systems
Falls Church, VA

James A. Mulick, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Brenda Myles, Ph.D.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
Columbus, OH

Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D
President & CEO
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Phoenix, AZ

Luke Tsai, M.D., FAACAP
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School
Research Scientist Emeritus, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School
Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Wagner, Ph.D.
Chief, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Branch
Division of Developmental Translational Research
National Institutes of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA
Professor of Education and Director of Programs in ABA and Autism
Endicott College
Beverly, MA

Patricia Wright, Ph.D., MPH
Vice President of Professional Services
Rethink Autism
New York, NY

Thomas Zane, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Institute of Behavior Studies
Endicott College
Beverly, MA