• Conference Hosts and Organizers

  • Conference Chair & Co-Host: Philip Tedeschi
    Conference Chair & Co-Host: Philip Tedeschi

    Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver within the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). He is Internationally recognized for research, scholarship, training and community practice work focusing on human-animal interactions. Tedeschi’s work focuses on both the therapeutic potential of animals in human health as well as public safety and risk factors associated with animal abuse. He teaches practitioners best practice and evidence supported clinical methods for Animal-Assisted Interventions.

    Professor Tedeschi directs GSSW’s Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students and consults on the globally recognized Animals and Human Health online professional development certificate. He is also an experiential therapy specialist and co-founder of the Institute for Human–Animal Connection at the University of Denver. Professor Tedeschi teaches MSW courses in forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches, with emphasis on social ecology, animal welfare, conservation, environmental and international social work.  Professor Tedeschi is a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, former course director and instructor with Outward Bound and a wilderness medical technician. He has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families well as program development and intervention in interpersonal violence. He has specialized in assessment and intervention with animal abuse, and human cruelty, empathy development and attachment, trauma remediation and sexually and violence with youth and adults. He has worked extensively in the treatment of victims of abuse.

    "It is a rewarding opportunity to work with animals, often our most reliable and uncomplicated relationships. They teach us so much about ourselves and fortunately are such patient teachers.”

  • Conference Co-Host: Michael Kaufmann
    Conference Co-Host: Michael Kaufmann

    Michael Kaufmann is the Farm and Wildlife Director at Green Chimneys and director of the Sam and Myra Ross Institute, dedicated to research on the human connection to animals and the natural world . He served the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) as a key program director in animal-assisted activities/therapy, humane education & animal welfare. He has contributed to defining publications in the field and has served on numerous national boards & committees. He has lectured internationally on humane education, animal assisted activities and how the link between child abuse and animal cruelty offers opportunity for collaboration between various helping professions.

  • Conference Emcee: Dave Finch
    Conference Emcee: Dave Finch
    Dave Finch is a nationally sought-after speaker and consultant with Asperger syndrome, and he’s the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. As a speaker, Dave has shared the stage with Temple Grandin, John Elder Robison, Steve Silberman, and others. He has written for the New York Times, NBC Universal, Zoom Autism, Slate, and Huffington Post, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life, and has been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, People, ELLE, Marie Claire, Scientific American, and even The Howard Stern Show. Dave is also the autism consultant for the Netflix series, Atypical. When he’s not writing, speaking, or mountain biking, Dave works as a creative marketing and business development consultant for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
  • Conference Organizer: Erica Elvove
    Conference Organizer: Erica Elvove

    Erica Elvove, MSW, is the Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) and an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), focusing on the promotion of social justice through a human-animal-environmental connection lens and providing innovative educational opportunities in the human-animal interaction field for practitioners around the globe. Erica was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and received her MSW from University of Denver in 2008, along with the Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate, which is unique to GSSW. She has over fifteen years of experience working with diverse clients and managing programs and projects. Erica has proven success developing educational, non-profit and for-profit programs; coordinating staff, interns and volunteers; building and maintaining strategic partnerships; planning and facilitating classes, meetings, conferences and events.

  • Conference Organizer: Courtney Brown
    Conference Organizer: Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown earned an MSW and Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work in 2015. She was a member of the first cohort to graduate from GSSW's Sustainable Development and Global Practice concentration. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Romania before moving to Denver. She is interested in studying the human-animal bond, One Health and Conservation Social Work, specifically in their application to sustainable development. Courtney has over five years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating innovative programs, training events and projects with local and national partners. As part of her work with IHAC Courtney oversees the Colorado LINK Project.

  • Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Marc Bekoff
     Dr. Marc Bekoff

    Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. Marc has published more than 30 books and has edited three encyclopedias. His latest books are The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do. Marc also publishes regular for Psychology Today on the general topic of animal emotions. In 1986 Marc became the first American to win his age-class the Tour de Var bicycle race, often called the master's Tour de France. His homepage is www.marcbekoff.com

  • Dr. Greg Berns
    Dr. Greg Berns

    Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D. is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics in the Psychology Department at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience.  

    Dr. Berns graduated cum laude in physics from Princeton University, received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis and an M.D. from the University of California, San Diego.  He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (New Harvest, 2013), Iconoclast: What Neuroscience Reveals About How To Think Differently (Harvard Business School Press, 2008), which was named one of the best business books of 2008 by Fast Company, and Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment (Henry Holt & Co., 2005). His new book, What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books), was published on Sept. 5, 2017. It was named by Smithsonian as a top-ten science book of 2017 and by Bark as one of the top five dog books of 2017.

    Early in his career, Dr. Berns pioneered the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human motivation and decision-making. Six years ago, however, he launched the first effort to apply these tools to understand the canine mind. Now, he uses MRI techniques to study the brains and minds of a wide range of animals. 

    He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense and has published 70 peer-reviewed original research articles, in such journals as Science, Nature, and Neuron.  The company he co-founded, Dog Star Technologies, is one of only two companies to receive a contract from DARPA to develop canine brain imaging to improve service and working dogs.

    Dr. Berns’ research is frequently the subject of popular media coverage including articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money, Forbes, The Financial Times, The New Scientist, Wired, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.  He speaks frequently on CNN and NPR, and has been profiled on ABC’s Primetime, CBS’s Sunday Morning, CBS Morning Show, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, NOVA, and 60 Minutes.

    Dr. Berns lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children and too many dogs.


  • Laura Edwards
    Laura Edwards

    Laura Edwards is the Director of Dog Operations at Freedom Service Dogs, where she oversees the training and placement of service dogs and professional therapy dogs. As the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, she was searching for alternative interventions and discovered the life-changing gift that service dogs can be for children and their families. After realizing the challenges and cost barriers associated with obtaining a highly-trained service dog, she was inspired to create a nonprofit called Disco’s Dogs to assist other families in obtaining a service dog, like she did for her son. Aptly named after her son’s first service dog Disco, this unique training model is now a program of Freedom Service Dogs, and allows families to be an integral part of the training process. The Disco’s Dogs program at Freedom Service Dogs specializes in transforming shelter dogs into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other neurocognitive disorders. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix and has lived in Colorado since 1982. She lives in the Denver Metro area with her husband Robert, their two children Ian and Charlotte, and a menagerie of mammals including dogs Disco and Libby, and cats S’mores and Nigel.

  • Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., CCTP
    Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., CCTP

    Nina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., CCTP, has specialized in equine-assisted therapy as a treatment strategy in psychotherapy and counseling for the past 12 years. She is the Director of Equine Programs at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Adjunct Professor at University of Denver where she leads the Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate post-master program. Nina is the former Director of Equine-Assisted Mental Health at Prescott College and served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counselor Education until 2014. She is an Executive Board member of the national Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP), a member of the Equine Research Network (EqRN) and has trained in a number of equine-assisted approaches in North America and Europe.

     She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has worked with populations diagnosed with trauma/PTSD, ASD, ADHD, anxiety and addiction, as well as with youth-at-risk, cancer survivors, and military service members and veterans, and consults on psychotherapy services with horses for several providers nationally. In addition to client work and teaching, Nina conducts facilitation workshops and is the Editor of the Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, published by the International Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy (HETI).

     Nina holds a certificate in equine management (Vocational College of Ostrobothnia) and is a certified Riding Instructor (CHA level 4/4). Nina is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH International. Nina is a former Equestrian Special Olympics coach, and teaches Equine Behavior at Yavapai College in Arizona. As a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES), she is dedicated to ethical equitation, correct application of learning theory, and the understanding of equine cognition, behavior, and mental states as part of equine management, assessment, handling, and training. Nina has a particular interest in equine welfare issues, both in equine-assisted services and in human-horse interactions in general. From 2015 to 2016, Nina served as the interim Program Director for the Equine Initiative at the Yavapai Humane Society in Arizona where she started an adoption-focused equine rehabilitation and re-training program, and designed the YHS Equine Center. Nina remains active in the equine welfare community in the United States and consults on equine behavior and facility design nationally.

  • Elric Elias
    Elric Elias

    Elric Elias is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. His research is on visual perception and visual awareness. For example, he has published work on how the human visual system perceives groups, as well as how subjectively invisible objects, attention and visual awareness interact. He has an interest, maybe an obsession, with how the brain accomplishes conscious awareness.

  • Erin Flynn, MSW
    Erin Flynn, MSW

    Erin Flynn, MSW, is a Research Associate at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. She holds a certificate in animal-assisted social work and has incorporated animals in her work with youth, adults, and families as a mental health clinician. Her primary research interest is in the study of human-animal coaction as a context for developing self-regulation and, more broadly, positive trajectories of development.

  • Dr. Robin Gabriels
    Dr. Robin Gabriels

    Robin Gabriels, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Depts. of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Gabriels established the Neuropsychiatric Special Care program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of the few nationally-recognized specialized psychiatric inpatient and day treatment units for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ages 4-17 years) and she served as the Clinical Program Director for 14 years.

    Dr. Gabriels is currently the subcontract principal investigator (PI) for a multi-site project funded by the Simons Foundation and Lurie Foundation with the aim to phenotype children with ASD admitted to autism specialty psychiatric hospital inpatient units. Dr. Gabriels has over 30 years of experience developing intervention programs along with assessing and treating a variety of pediatric and adult populations. Her clinical and research efforts have focused on the ASD population for the past 18 years. Dr. Gabriels was the PI on a 5-year NIH/NINR-funded randomized controlled trial studying the Effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Children and Adolescents with Autism, the first largest RCT demonstrating efficacy of this intervention approach with the ASD population.

    Since 2005, Dr. Gabriels has been a certified Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule trainer (including the ADOS-2) with the test authors, providing research reliability and clinical training to diagnose individuals with ASD in schools, hospitals and academic institutions across the United States. She has written articles and book chapters in the fields of autism, asthma, and art therapy, and has lectured and conducted workshops on ASD, both nationally and internationally. She has published two edited books, Autism: From Research to Individualized Practice, (2002) Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Growing Up with Autism: Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents (2007) Guilford Press. Dr. Gabriels is a DU alumni from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  

  • Michael Harris, J.D.
    Michael Harris, J.D.

    Wildlife Law Program Director Michael Harris has been an environmental law attorney for more than 20 years, working directly on litigation to protect wildlife and natural ecosystems. Michael received a B.A. in Environmental and Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, a M.S.L. from Vermont Law School, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, where he was an executive editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly. Before coming to Friends of Animals, Michael was an associate professor at the University of Denver, where he directed the school’s Environmental Law Clinic. Mike, who lives in Colorado with his family, is an avid hiker, adventure guide and enjoys teaching his son to respect wildlife.

  • Rupert Isaacson
    Rupert Isaacson

    Rupert Isaacson was born in 1967 in England to southern African parents and grew up partly in London and partly on a horse farm, with a lot of back and forth to Africa. He became a writer and journalist in his twenties and in 2004, when his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, found that riding in the same saddle with his son, if done with the right rhythm, produced speech, literacy, and numeracy.

    Now, after twelve years, two books (The Horse Boy and its sequel - The Long Ride Home), and one documentary film (also titled The Horse Boy), Isaacson has pioneered the Horse Boy Method - an equine therapy designed specifically for people with neuro-cognitive conditions - and Movement Method, which teaches the whole K-12 curriculum outside in nature for both special ed and general ed. Along with his partner and co-director, Iliane Lorenz, he runs the Horse Boy Foundation from their home near Austin, Texas, and provides services for families in Central Texas impacted by autism, free of charge. The Horse Boy Foundation also provides training and funding for satellite Horse Boy Centers around the USA and in 12 other countries, as well as training school districts, therapeutic riding centers and the like. He also rather likes beer.

  • Miyako Kinoshita, MS.Ed
    Miyako Kinoshita, MS.Ed

    Miyako Kinoshita is a Farm Education Program Manager at Green Chimneys and a member of the Sam and Myra Ross Institute Steering Committee.  She specializes in prevention, early detection, and intervention of emotional and behavioral crisis in AAA settings. She was a past committee member for the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) and serves on the board of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Having lead Green Chimneys Equine programs for many years, she now focuses her work on integration of the farm programs at GC, lectures internationally and supervises the international intern program.

  • Dr. Steve Klee
    Dr. Steve Klee

    Steve Klee, PhD, joined Green Chimneys in September of 2004 and serves as the Associate Executive Director for Clinical & Medical Services and as the head of research for the Sam and Myra Ross Institute. Prior to Green Chimneys, he was the Director of Psychology at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Steve holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Louisville. Steve’s clinical and research interests include cognitive therapy, childhood depression, ADHD in children and adults and legal/ethical issues. Steve is actively working with a DU staff team on designing research strategies to capture impacts of HAI on the Green Chimneys client population.

  • Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS and Walter
    Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS and Walter

    Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult and has since become an active advocate, mentor, and coach for individuals on the autism spectrum. Becca has published multiple articles along with speaking publicly about life on the autism spectrum with the goal of spreading acceptance, understanding, and encouraging self-advocacy. She spent four years supporting the autism community in the non-profit sector in her work for grass-roots organizations that provide resources and services directly to individuals on the autism spectrum. Becca left non-profit to pursue dual certifications as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and Cognitive Specialist (BCCS). She now provides supports directly to the autism community as a mentor and coach, while teaching workshops and classes geared toward assisting teens and adults on the spectrum with the practice of social and independent living skills. With a focus on living an active, positive life, she continues her advocacy work through her blogs, public speaking engagements, and the weekly podcast that she co-hosts. Becca is honored to sit on the Advisory Board of the Nassau-Suffolk chapter of the Autism Society of America, the Board of Directors of Different Brains, and the Community Council of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together). No matter her role, Becca is dedicated to guiding and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum with unwavering passion and commitment.

  • Dr. Lori Marino
    Dr. Lori Marino

    Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence who was on the faculty of Emory University for twenty years. Lori is currently president and co-founder of The Whale Sanctuary Project, whose mission is to create the first seaside sanctuaries for orcas (killer whales) and beluga whales in North America. She is also founder and executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, a science-based non-profit organization focused on bringing academic scholarship to animal protection efforts.

    Lori is internationally known for her research on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales (as well as primates and farmed animals). She has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in other animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, the evolution of intelligence, and marine mammal captivity issues, such as, dolphin assisted therapy and the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry. In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins, after which she decided against further research with captive animals.

    Lori appears in several films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary Blackfish, about killer whale captivity, and Unlocking The Cage, the 2016 documentary on the Nonhuman Rights Project.

  • Dr. Kevin Morris
    Dr. Kevin Morris

    Dr. Kevin Morris is an Associate Research Professor within the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. He has an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After 20 years of preclinical and clinical cancer research, Dr. Morris switched the focus of his studies to improving animal health and welfare and understanding the human-animal bond. He is applying clinical trial designs to quantitatively measure the impacts of animal-assisted interventions in a wide variety of environments and contexts. He is the Principal Investigator on a study designed to measure the impacts of animal and horticultural interventions on students at Green Chimenys. His other studies are aimed at documenting the recipricol impacts between companion animals and communities.

  • Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP
    Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP

    Zenithson Ng is a clinical assistant professor of the Community Practice Service at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his veterinary degree from Cornell University; then completed a small animal rotating internship at the ASPCA in NYC, followed by an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) canine/feline residency combined with a master’s degree in human-animal bond studies at Virginia Tech. He was one of the founders of the animal-assisted intervention program at Virginia Tech and now serves as veterinary advisor of the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), the animal-assisted intervention program at the University of Tennessee. His clinical interests include behavior, dentistry, preventive medicine, shelter medicine, and management of chronic disease. His research interests span all aspects of the human-animal bond including the effect of human-animal interaction on both humans and animals, the veterinary-client relationship, and stress reduction in both veterinary and animal-assisted intervention settings.  

  • Dr. Martha Nussbaum
    Dr. Martha Nussbaum

    Martha C. Nussbaum received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University. From 1986 to 1993, while teaching at Brown, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy. From 1999 to 2000, she was one of the three Presidents of the Association, delivering the Presidential Address in the Central Division. She has received honorary degrees from fifty-six colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, including Lawrence University, Williams College, the University of Athens (Greece), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the University of Toronto, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), the University of Haifa (Israel), Emory University, the University of Bielefeld (Germany), Ohio State University, Georgetown University, the University of the Free State (South Africa), the university of Jyväskylä (Finland), and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among her awards are the Grawemeyer Award in Education (2002), the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (2010), the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences (2012), the American Philosophical Association's Philip Quinn Prize (2015), and the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016).

    Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.

    Her books include Aristotle's De Motu Animalium (1978), The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986, updated edition 2000), Love's Knowledge (1990), The Therapy of Desire (1994, updated edition 2009), Poetic Justice (1996), For Love of Country (1996), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Women and Human Development (2000), Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001), Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2007), Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality (2008), From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011), The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012), Philosophical Interventions: Book Reviews 1985-2011 (2012), Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (2013), and Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016). Aging Thoughtfully, co-authored with Saul Levmore, will appear in 2017.  She has also edited twenty-one books.

  • Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Barry has more than 40 years experience as a clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and program consultant to children and older persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families. He is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Barry has served as a tenured Professor of Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University and Emerson College, Boston, where he developed specialty tracks in language disabilities and autism in the Master's and Doctoral programs. He also was Founder and Director of the Communication Disorders Department at Bradley Hospital, with an Associate Professor Appointment in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Brown University Program in Medicine, and was an Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow in Early Intervention at UNC-Chapel Hill. Barry has developed family-centered programs for newly diagnosed toddlers with social-communication disabilities and ASD and their families in hospital and university clinic settings, and consults widely to schools and agencies in New England as well and nationally and internationally, from early intervention through high school settings. Barry began his career in 1969, as a teenager, when he served as a residential camp counselor for children and adults with disabilities, and then continued to do so for the next 5 summers. Those early summer camp experiences of living with and being responsible for the care of people with disabilities were seminal in setting the path for his subsequent career. Concurrently, his college studies at SUNY at Binghamton in Psycholinguistics and SUNY at Buffalo in Communication Disorders became focused on communication disabilities in children and autism. In the 1970s, Barry continued his life's journey maintaining a focus on supporting people with disabilities and their families throughout his Master's and Doctoral studies in Communication Disorders and Child and Human Development.

    Since 1998, Barry has been Director of Childhood Communication Services (CCS), a private practice, and at Brown University, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Development, and currently in the Artists and Scientists as Partners Group. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters on autism, childhood communication disorders and child development, has given more than 700 seminars and workshops in 49 states and 20 countries. Barry has served on the Editorial Board of six scholarly journals and wrote a regular column for Autism Spectrum Quarterly for five years.

    Barry is the co-author of the book Autism spectrum disorders: A developmental, transactional perspective (2000), the assessment instruments, The Communication and Symbolic Behavior (CSBS) Scales (1993) and The CSBS-Developmental Profile (2002) (with Dr. Amy Wetherby). Other research and clinical interests include early identification of young children with disabilities, impact of childhood disability on the family, family-centered support and treatment, understanding language and communicative characteristics of children with social-communicative disabilities including ASD, and the relationships between communication disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders in children. His latest book (with Tom Fields-Meyer), written for a mainstream audience is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

    Over the past decade, Barry and his colleagues work has focused on developing the SCERTS® Model for individuals who have or are at-risk for social-communicative difficulties including autism, and their families. The SCERTS Model is an evidenced based framework now being implemented in a dozen countries with the manuals having been translated into Japanese, and Korean with other translations in process, providing many unique opportunities for international collaboration and travel.

    Barry has partnered with Community Autism Resources, a parent-run and parent-established family support center for the past 20 years in developing and providing a weekend parent retreat for parents of family members with autism. He has coordinated the ASD Symposium for the past 20 years that has raised funds to support the parent retreat.

    Barry has received widespread recognition and many honors in his career. He was an invited speaker at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day (April, 2013) and received the Divine Neurotypical Award of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (www.grasp.org), for contributions to improving quality of life for persons with autism spectrum disorders. Barry was the recipient of the 2005 Princeton University Eden Foundation Award for career contributions in autism, Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association Clinical Achievement Award on two occasions. In 2014, he received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the highest recognition given to a member of ASHA (175,000 members).

    Barry is the proud father of Noah, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, and is married to Dr. Elaine Meyer, an Associate Professor and Director, Center for Professionalism and Ethical Practice in the Harvard Medical School. In his spare time, Barry plays drums in a band, enjoys hiking, fishing and outdoor activities, and is an avid collector of Inuit, Native American and other indigenous art, and antiques.

  • Bianca Rimbach
    Bianca Rimbach

    Bianca Rimbach, born and raised in Germany, earned her first degree in early childhood and social work in 1996. After meeting her Mexican husband she moved to the US to continue her passion for education and earned a second degree in K-8 education followed by a Masters degree in K-12 with emphasis in international education. She is an International Baccalaureate educator, teacher trainer, and school evaluator. She currently teaches in a low income public school in Colorado Springs where she is implementing Movement Method allowing for environment change and animal interaction to support highly effective learning. The philosophy behind Movement Method has been immensely successful, and Bianca got permission to train other staff members to allow for more students to benefit. In addition she volunteers at the United States Air Force Academy equestrian center where she is supporting the Remount Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Wellness program. Recently she started to implement HorseBoy as a resource and tool to help warriors and their families to heal and reconnect through the use of movement and horses. Bianca grew up riding in Germany, earned her silver Reitabzeichen, and used to compete in eventing and dressage. In her free time, she trains horses, provides lessons, and continues to grow her expertise by working closely with the HorseBoy Foundation.

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