Scientific Advisory Board

Gateway has partnered with top researchers in the autism field to enhance our delivery of exceptional patient outcomes. Our Scientific Advisory Board guides Gateway’s first-of-its-kind initiative to use treatment data to improve outcomes for individuals with autism.

Dr. Catherine Lord

Dr. Catherine Lord is a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Senior Research Scientist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Lord is a practicing clinical psychologist with specialties in autism diagnosis and interventions, as well as social and communication development for individuals with autism. She earned her BA in Psychology from UCLA in 1971 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1976.

Dr. Lord has over 300 journal publications, and her longitudinal studies of social and communicative development in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have profoundly impacted autism research.

In collaboration with colleagues from the United Kingdom and the United States, she developed standardized diagnostic instruments for ASD. She created the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview — Revised (ADI-R), which are now used for research diagnoses all over the world. Dr. Lord was honored with the 2019 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding commitment to autism research. Dr. Lord is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, as well as a former chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee on the effectiveness of early intervention in ASD, a co-chair of the New York Board of Health committee on ASD, and a member of the DSM 5 American Psychiatry Association’s neurodevelopmental disorders committee. Her research has been funded by NIH, Autism Speaks, and the Simons Foundation.

Dr. Fred Volkmar

Dr. Fred R. Volkmar divides his time between two academic roles: He is the Goodwin Endowed chair of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University and the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center. He has served as Director of the Child Study Center and as Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. Volkmar earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1972 and earned his Master’s degree in psychology and his MD from Stanford University in 1976.

Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He is the author of several hundred scientific papers and chapters, as well as a number of books, including Asperger’s Syndrome (Guilford Press), Health Care for Children on the Autism Spectrum (Woodbine Publishing), the Handbook of Autism (Wiley Publishing) and the 3rd edition of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Cambridge University press). He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and the Encyclopedia of Autism. He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

He has served as co-chairperson of the autism/intellectual disabilities committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Volkmar has been the principal investigator of three program project grants, including a CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism) grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Autism Center Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Janet S. Twyman

Dr. Janet S. Twyman is the founder and Chief Learning Scientist at blast: A Learning Sciences Company and also holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Twyman earned her PhD at Columbia University.

Throughout her career as a preschool and elementary teacher; a school principal and administrator; a university professor; an instructional designer; and an educational consultant, Dr. Twyman has been a proponent of effective learning technologies that produce individual and system change. She has published and presented widely on instructional design, evidence-based innovations in education, and systems that produce meaningful differences in learners’ lives. In honor of her distinguished contributions to educational research and practice Dr. Twyman has received the 2015 Wing Award for Evidence-based Education and the 2017 American Psychological Association Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award.

A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Dr. Twyman has presented on leveraging new technologies for diverse learners and settings at the United Nations. She has served on the boards of organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and PEER International. In 2007-08 she served as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2014 was named an ABAI Fellow. Formerly, she served as the Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout and the Director of Innovation & Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education funded Center on Innovations in Learning.

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