The following experts on autism and related behavioral disorders are available to speak with reporters:

Maureen Conroy

Co-director, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies; Anita Zucker Endowed Professor in Early Childhood Studies; professor, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Research interests: 
Early intervention for children with or at risk for social and behavioral disabilities including autism, intervention research to prevent social, emotional and behavioral challenges of young children.

Conroy has served as principal investigator on a number of externally funded projects. Currently, she is principal investigator on an Institute of Educational Sciences grant investigating the efficacy of a classroom-based intervention model designed for use by early childhood teachers.


Jennifer Elder

Professor, UF College of Nursing

Research interests: 
Family-focused work to assist parents of children with autism with education, family cohesion and stress reduction.

Elder has co-authored papers on adolescent siblings of individuals with autism; obesity in adolescents with autism; and social interactions of children with autism.


Mark Lewis

Professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and psychology, UF College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; executive director of UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities; and a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health

Research interests: 
Repetitive behaviors in individuals with intellectual disabilities including autism such as rocking, hand flapping and head banging.

Lewis has authored or co-authored papers, chapters and books related to repetitive behaviors in individuals with autism.


Brian Reichow

Associate professor, UF College of Education, School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

Research interests: 
Applying clinical research on autism spectrum disorder to real-life situations in schools and communities including educational settings; working with families affected by autism; work with the World Health Organization and other international sites to develop training materials to assist with identification, management and treatment of children with developmental disabilities including autism in lower- and middle-income countries.

Reichow has co-authored papers on parent skills training for families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders; psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with lower functioning autism spectrum disorders; and cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety in children with high-functioning autism.


Tim Vollmer

Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology

Research interests: 
Assessment and treatment of problem behavior, functional communication training and parent training for families of children with autism

Vollmer has authored or co-authored papers related to behavior analysis of individuals with autism.