About Me

I am an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program and the Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic at the Institute for Child Study. I am also a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and an endorsed Health Services Provider in Psychology. Prior to joining the IU School Psychology Program, I served as the Director of Research and Clinical Services at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

I have published numerous highly cited research manuscripts on the topic of autism spectrum disorders. According to the Google Scholar Database, my publications have been cited nearly 3,500 times in the last 10 years. In addition, I was identified by Grapin, Kranzler, and Daley (2013) as one of the Top 25 school psychology faculty based on his number of article citations.

My work on social skill interventions for children on the autism spectrum bridges the gap between research and practice and has had a tremendous impact on the field of autism. I have provided invited lectures to researchers, practitioners, and consumers in over 35 states on the topic of social skills programming for students on the autism spectrum. I am also the author of the book, Building Social Relationships, which was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America, and the winner of the National Indie Excellence Award in Education.

Since joining the faculty in 2007, I have taught 9 of the 14 core courses in the School Psychology program, and have been nominated for 4 Trustee Teaching Awards and the School of Education Graduate Studies Mentor Award 3 times. I have served as Director and/or Chair of 11 Dissertation Committees, and served as chair of 32 Advisory Committees. In addition, my Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC) has served as an advanced practicum site for numerous students and has served as an exemplar for numerous schools and clinics across the country. Since 2008, I have provided clinical training to 31 School Psychology students at the SSRC.