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

Karen Bearss, PhD

Karen Bearss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring disruptive behaviors as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices into community mental health centers. Dr. Bearss also directs the RUBI Clinic at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

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