Community Autism Research Ambassador Program

Project Leaders

Stakeholder Collaborative

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Benjamin McGann

Autistic Self-Advocate
Age 25
Arlington, VA

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Brendalis Rodriguez

Autistic Self-Advocate
Age 32
Bloomfield, NJ

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Gyasi Burks-Abbott, M.S.

Autism Self-Advocate
Writer and public speaker
Bedford, MA

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Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

William C. Friday Distinguished Professor in Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education

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Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Autism Provider
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent) at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Kasey Dudley

Family Leader
Project Director for the Parent as Champions Project at SPAN Advocacy

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Lari Warren-Jeanpierre, Ph.D.

Family Leader
Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)

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Leticia Manning, MPH


Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service
Senior Public Health Analyst at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services
Program Director for the State Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Program
Project Officer for the Family to Family Health Information Center Program
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Marissa Miller, Ph.D., NCSP

Clinical Psychologist
Licensed clinical child psychologist

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Sarah Dababnah, Ph.D., MPH, MSW

Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work

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Urrikka Woods-Scott

Family Leader/Community Organizer
Founder of Shades of Autism Parent Network, Inc.

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Elizabeth Holliday Morgan, Ph.D.

Autism Researcher
Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at University of California Sacramento (CSUS)
Program Coordinator for the CEDD at the MIND Institute

Family Voices Team

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Allysa Ware Ph.D., MSW
Primary Investigator

Yetta Myrick

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EASC-IDD-00251). The views presented are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of PCORI, its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.

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