Dr. Abowd is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has three teenagers including 2 boys on the Autism Spectrum. He also serves on other boards, including the Marcus Autism Center, Emory Autism Center and State of GA Autism Advisory Council. Dr. Abowd received the 2017 Autism Achievement Award at the annual Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia. This award also represents recognition of the value of the AAC by the Georgia Autism Community. Dr. Abowd has been on the AAC Board of Directors since 2011.
Dr. Goursaud is a Behavioral Neuroscientist. She is currently Affiliate Scientist in the Division of Neuropharmacology and Neurological Diseases at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University (since 2004). She is also Part-Time Faculty at GA Gwinnett College (School of Science and Technology – Biology, since 2013). She previously taught Psychology for 4 years as a full-time Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University. Dr. Goursaud earned her Ph.D. in Life Sciences with the Highest Honors at the University of Tours, France, before pursuing postdoctoral fellowships in the Psychiatry Department at the National Primate Research Center at UC Davis, CA, and in the Neurobiology and Anatomy Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX. In 2004, she joined the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Her scientific research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social and emotional behaviors, especially in primates, which led her to the world of autism and human neurodiversity. Since 2010 she has focused a lot of her energy developing the AAC as a vibrant consortium with the goal of benefiting the whole Atlanta autism community. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Community School in Decatur (since 2016), and on the State of Georgia Autism Advisory Council (since 2013). She is also an active member of the Planning Committee for the Implementation of the Autism Plan for the State of Georgia (GA), which include the annual Autism Conference and Exposition of GA. Dr. Goursaud has been on the AAC Board of Directors since 2011.
Dr. Cubells is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. His research focuses on indentifying the molecular genetic factors that inform about developmental disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and major depression. As a Psychiatrist and Clinician, he serves as the Director of Medical and Adult Services at the Emory Autism Center, in Atlanta, were he sees adults on the Autism Spectrum as well as adults with known genetic/chromosomal abnormalities requiring behavioral healthcare. AAC Board Member since 2011.
Dr. Saulnier is the Director of Research Operations at the Marcus Autism Center and Associate Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center before joining their faculty for nearly a decade. In 2011, Dr. Saulnier relocated to Marcus where she oversees a large-scale clinical research program including diagnostic evaluations of children participating in research. Her research focuses on early detection of risk factors for autism in the first year of life, as well adaptive behavior profiles in ASD. She has written a book, Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment, and is co-author of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition, the most widely used measure of adaptive functioning worldwide. AAC Board Member since 2011.
Dr. Marcus teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University and serves on a number of boards, including The Marcus Foundation, The Marcus Autism Center, The Piedmont School of Atlanta, and The Israel Democracy Institute. AAC Board Member since 2013.
Dr. Wiggins is an Epidemiologist and Developmental Psychologist with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She serves as lead clinician of the Developmental Disabilities Branch and oversees all clinical activities on the surveillance and epidemiology teams. AAC Board Member since 2015. Disclaimer: Participation in the AAC Board of Directors is accomplished by Lisa Wiggins in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this role are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the United States government.
Sarah Jackson is a technology entrepreneur, children’s author and disability advocate. She is the mother of three young boys who are all on the Autism Spectrum. She serves on the council for the Autism Plan For Georgia, is a LEND Fellow from the Center of Leadership and Disability at Georgia State University, and is an active advocate in the Autism community. She is the founder of PlayPointe. The company’s first PlayBook, Head in the Clouds, released in September 2016, provides its’ readers with a beautifully illustrated book paired with a custom web application. Children can experience the story while coloring, interacting and watching characters come to life in Augmented Reality. AAC Board Member since 2016.
Robert Watkins is an autistic self-advocate and Neurodiversity Ambassador. His goal is to reinvent the workplace with and for autistic people. His work, reflected in his writings on http://autistic.ly, involves working with companies and organizations to improve awareness, understanding and accommodations for people on the spectrum so that they can contribute their best and lead fulfilling working lives. In addition to being on the board of the Atlanta Autism Consortium, Robert is a member of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. He lives in Atlanta with his Aspie wife, two Aspie and two neurotypical teenagers, and their cat. AAC Board Member since 2017.
Dr. Crimmins is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability & GaLEND Program, as well as a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He earned his Ph.D. from Binghamton University (SUNY), New York, in Clinical Psychology. Throughout his career, Dr. Crimmins has worked to improve the capacity of organizations to provide evidence-based behavioral and educational interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum. He is the author or co-author of over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and presented his scientific findings at more than 200 national and international conferences. He has also been the program director, principal investigator or co-investigator for over 35 grants and contracts. He serves on several boards and councils in Georgia, such as the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (since 2008), the Community Advisory Board to the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (since 2010), the Community Advisory Council Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia UCEDD (since 2008), and the Statewide Advisory Committee on Children’s Health/Project LAUNCH Steering Committee in the Georgia Department of Public Health (since 2016). He is an AAC Board Member since 2017.
- Lauren Adamson, Ph.D. – Board Member from 2011 to 2017.
- Alice Murphy, EdD. – Board Member from 2011 to 2016.
- Cathy Rice, PhD. – Board Member from 2011 to 2015.
- Scott Bales, MS. – Board Member from 2011 to 2015.