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Donald N. Cardinal, Ph.D.
Director
Dr. Donald N. Cardinal is Professor of Education in the College of Educational Studies (CES) at Chapman University, Orange, CA, where he has worked since 1987. Previously, Dr. Cardinal served as dean of the CES from 2002-2015. Don currently oversees several programs in autism and disability including the Center for Research on Ability and Disability, Families and Schools Together, the Chapman Ability Program, and the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. As well, Don serves as chairperson of the advisory board for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, part of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, CA. Before entering academia, pursuing the goal of a more inclusive society, Don worked alongside the most marginalized student populations in our society, frequently holding the labels of severe emotional disturbance, severe and profound mental retardation, autism, and severe behavior disorders. Above all, Don holds in highest regard the complex and interchanging relationship between student and teacher, centered on the presumption of competence. Don has authored and co-authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters in a variety of areas including evaluation, measurement of quality, teaching methods in special education and collaboration.
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Margie McCoy
Operations Coordinator
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Margie McCoy's career has centered on making things happen in an effective and highly organized manner. Coordinating large special events, managing projects and being part of effective working teams have been the hallmark of her career. Ms. McCoy's recent position has been as assistant to the dean in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University for the past 14 years.

Researchers

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Lisa Boskovich, MA, SPED
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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John Brady, Ph.D.
Professor of Scholarly Practice
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Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Trinity Washington University
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Jeanne Ann Carriere, Ph.D.
Director, Educational Assessment Team
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Julie Fraumeni-McBride, MAE
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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Candace Gamboa
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Audri M. Gomez, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant
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Amy-Jane Griffiths, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of Educational Studies
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Jennifer James, MA
Ph.D. Research Assistant
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Arielle Knorr
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Sneha Mathur, MA
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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Aja McKee, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant
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Cora Palma, M.A.
Director, Families and Schools Together (FAST) program
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Nick Riley
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Cristina Roberto
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Trisha Sugita, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Special Education
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Nick Tellier
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Tien Tran
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Jon Vu
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Julia M. White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Teaching and Leadership, School of Education
Syracuse University

Research Support

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Esther Choi
Account Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications
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Amy Davidson
Communications Coordinator, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Communications
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Carlos Lopez, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
Institutional Research
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Courtney Lutkus
Assistant Director, Institutional Support
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Thomas Nguyen, BS '19
Student Assistant
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Marisol Arredondo Samson, Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Research