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Donald Cardinal
Co-Founding Director
588 N Glassell, Chapman University
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
588 N Glassell, Chapman University
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.
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Lisa Boskovich
Graduate Research Assistant
588 N Glassell, Chapman University
Lisa Boskovich has a Bachelors of Science from California State University Fullerton with an emphasis in Disability where she worked as a Research Assistant. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Special Education at Chapman University. Presently she is a Ph.D. student in Disability Studies at Chapman University. Her research interests include: Females on the Autism Spectrum, individuals with hidden disabilities, dual Identity coming out process, and the Intersectionality of Queer Theory and Disability Studies. Lisa is currently working as a Research Assistant at The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism.
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Angie Nguyen
Student Assistant
588 N Glassell, Chapman University
Angie Nguyen is a sophomore at Chapman University majoring in Business Administration. As a past president of the UNICEF Club at her high school, she had the opportunity to work with adults with disabilities. This experience lead to Angie’s interest and desire to advocate for those with disabilities. After graduating, Angie plans to pursue a career in the business field.

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Amy-Jane Griffiths
Reeves Hall, Chapman University
Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 24536) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Griffiths recently served as the Director of the Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T) program. Developed by Chapman University's College of Educational Studies and The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, F.A.S.T is a cutting education program specifically designed to support both families and schools. By using a cohesive multi-disciplinary approach to intervention, the program works to increase communication among all team members, develop strong collaborative relationships, and share resources and expertise. Prior to her work at Chapman University, Dr. Griffiths served as a director for an intervention program designed to support teens and young adults with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. She has worked as a consultant and trainer implementing data-driven practices in a number of settings, including residential treatment facilities, public schools, and alternative school settings. Scholarly and research interests include: student engagement, implementing Positive Behavior Supports, psychological well-being in adolescents, threat assessment, Response to Intervention (RtI) implementation, targeted interventions for students with behavioral concerns, program evaluation, and the development of data-based decision making teams in the school setting.