The ASDD SIG is grateful for the leadership of our current co-chairs:

T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD

T. Lindsey Burrell, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and delivering parent-mediated interventions to reduce disruptive behavior and improve feeding in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recent research topics have involved evaluating the group-based RUBI Parent Training program and the Autism MEAL Plan. The MEAL Plan is a parent-mediated intervention to expand dietary variety in early school aged children with ASD and moderate food selectivity. Dr. Burrell’s current research focuses on understanding the needs of community providers treating feeding problems in children with ASD and adapting the Autism MEAL Plan to improve community service delivery. In addition to research, Dr. Burrell provides clinical services through the Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program at the Marcus Autism Center.

Cara Pugliese, Ph.D.

Cara Pugliese, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at The George Washington School of Medicine Her research focuses broadly on improving outcomes during transition to adulthood, with an emphasis on executive functioning, adaptive skills, and self-determination. Her recent research centers on the development and implementation of school-based interventions to improve executive function and self-advocacy skills. Dr. Pugliese provides assessment and treatment services at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Emily Kuschner, PhD

Emily Kuschner is a clinical psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kuschner’s program of research at the Center for Autism Research at CHOP is aimed at understanding food selectivity in children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She developed the BUFFET Program (Building Up Food Flexibility and Exposure Treatment), a group treatment targeting improved food selectivity. Dr. Kuschner’s additional projects examine the best ways to measure food selectivity and the relationship between food selectivity and nutrition profiles in children with ASD. 

Thanks to all of our previous SIG co-chairs for their leadership:

SIG Co-Chairs

2020    Karen Bearss and Emily Kuschner

2019    Brenna Maddox and Karen Bearss

2018    Cy Nadler, Lauren Moskowitz, and Brenna Maddox

2017    Cy Nadler and Lauren Moskowitz

2016    Matt Lerner and Connor Kerns

2015    Matt Lerner and Connor Kerns