Professional Advisory Council

Our Professional Advisory Council is made up of autism professionals, including:

  • Attorneys
  • Directors of autism service programs
  • Doctors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Speech language pathologists

This group of committed individuals is a resource that provides guidance and support to ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA. This Council gives us up to date information, medical insight, and technological innovation to help keep our organization current with the developments in autism education, research, and treatment.

If you are an autism professional with skills that may benefit our organization, and a willingness to serve, please contact us to join an open Advisory Board Committee.

John Carosso Phys.D. Clinical Director, Licensed Psychologist
Community Psychiatric Centers
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Paula Ciliberti MA Resource Coordinator
Child Development Unit
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Scott Faber MD FAAP Neurodevelopmental and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
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Arthur D. Feldman Esquire Attourney
Private Practice
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Deborah Ferraro BS Executive Director
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Mark G. Fuller M.D. Medical Director
Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania
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Marcia Goble MS OTR/L Co-Director
Pediatric Therapy Specialists, Inc.
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Benjamin Handen Ph.D BCBA Research Director
Merck Program
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Kathleen Helfrich-Miller Ph. D. Owner/Director
Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc.
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Marilyn Hoyson Ph. D Chief Operating Officer
The Watson Institute
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Cynthia Johnson Ph. D Director of Autism Center
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Louise Kaczmarek PH.D. Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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Rebecca Klaw MS M. Ed. Autism Consultant & Trainer
Autism Services By Klaw
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Susan E. Levy M.D. Director & Developmental Pediatrician
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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John Lovelace MS MSIS Chief Program Officer
VP UPMC Health Plan
Community Care Behavioral Health Plan
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Robert A. Lowenstein M.D. Medical Director
Community Psychiatric Centers
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry
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Martin Lubetsky M.D. Chief of Child/Adolescent Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Psychiatric Services
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Karen Markle MA BCBA Vice President
Northwest Human Services
Corporate of Children Services
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Joseph McAllister Ph. D. Director of Psychological Services
The Watson Institute
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David Miles M. Ed. MPM President & Chief Operating Officer
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
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  • Autism Resources

  • Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    Stage AE

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    5k Walk: 9:00 a.m.

    One-Mile Fun Walk: 9:15 a.m.



  • Register Now for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    The evening will include stations featuring jobs,
    volunteer work and hobbies of
    adults with autism in our community
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    6300 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Pittsburgh Marathon Team

    Register for the race of your choice here

    For questions, email Jennifer at

  • Art March-March 30th 1pm-4pm




    • a hand-drumming class lead by a professional percussionist, who is a certified teacher extremely experienced in autism
    • a couple of galleries with cool art including Robots Alive at SPACE galler
    • relax in the Harris theater for free short films shown in autism-friendly style (lights halfway up, sound turned down)
    • get into the arts with puppet and mural making in a great indoor space



  • Autism Friendly Easter Bunny

    Autism Friendly Easter Bunny visits will be at

    Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration available here

    please scroll through for correct location and time slot