research and clinical activities involve the treatment of autism and other severe developmental disabilities. In addition to the use of behavioral techniques for the treatment of autism, she also trains the parents and families of children and adolescents with autism in the use of applied behavioral analysis technology and provides family support resources.
ALAN M.LESLIE is a professor of psychology and cognitive science, Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science, at Rutgers University. He directs the Cognitive Development Laboratory at Rutgers, New Brunswick, where his current research focuses on normal and abnormal cognitive development. Formerly, he was a Medical Research Council Senior Scientist at the University of London, England, where he originated the ‘theory of mind’ impairment hypothesis for autism. He has been a Leverhulme European Scholar, a visiting professor at University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago, and the Free University of Madrid. He sits on the editorial boards of several cognitive science journals, and is on the advisory board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.
GAIL G.MCGEE is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Her work emphasizes research and treatment applications of incidental teaching procedures to children with autism and her current research focuses on early autism intervention, language acquisition, and typical and atypical social behavior. She directs the Emory Autism Resource Center, Georgia’s statewide autism center, which provides interdisciplinary training, family support, and diagnosis and treatment to children and adults with autism. She also founded and directs the Walden Early Childhood Programs, which offer enriched early education to toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarten-aged children with autism who are included with a majority of typical peers.
JAMES MCGEE is a study director and senior research associate at the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC), with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. He also supports other NRC panels and committees in the areas of applied psychology and education. Prior to joining the NRC, he held scientific, technical, and management positions in applied psychology at IBM, RCA, General Electric, General Dynamics, and United Technologies corporations. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in general, developmental, and applied psychology at several colleges; is certified as a secondary education teacher of social studies; and has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels.