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our directors

Michael Alessandri

Michael Alessandri, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Michael Alessandri is the Executive Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). Dr. Alessandri is also Clinical Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics and Assistant Chairman of Community Outreach and Engagement in the Department of Psychology. He has worked with individuals with autism and their families for over 30 years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester, and obtained his MS and Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University. For more information about Dr. Alessandri please click here.

Jennifer Durocher, Ph.D.

Jennifer Durocher, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Jennifer Durocher is the Director of CARD and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. She has worked with individuals with autism and their families for over 20 years. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Miami, where she obtained both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Diane Adreon, Ed.D.

Diane Adreon, Ed.D., Associate Director - The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs

Dr. Diane Adreon is an Associate Director of CARD. Dr. Adreon has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families for 30 years. She received her doctorate in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University and her Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she majored in special education and applied behavior analysis.

Luis Grana

Luis Grana, M.S., Director - NSU Satellite

Mr. Luis Grana is the Director of the NSU Satellite Office. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He has worked with individuals with ASD and their families for over 20 years in various capacities.

Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director - Behavioral Services & Research and Innovation

Dr. Anibal Gutierrez is an Associate Director of CARD and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and in the development of adaptive skills for individuals with autism. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Gutierrez’s current research interests focus on early intervention, variables related to treatment effectiveness for individuals with autism, and the use of technology to bring about behavior change.

Melissa Hale, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Melissa Hale, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director - Educational and Family Support Programs & Psychological Services

Dr. Melissa Hale is an Associate Director of CARD and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Hale received a Ph.D. in School Psychology, from the University of Florida, in 2002, where she specialized in autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis. She is also a licensed psychologist in Florida and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).

Yanerys Leon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Yanerys Leon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Director - Behavioral Services & Research and Innovation

Dr. Yanerys Leon is an Assistant Director of CARD and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. Dr. Leon began working with individuals with autism during her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. She went on to get her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, while working at the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She earned her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Florida Tech in 2012. Dr. Leon’s current research interests include assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, advances in reinforcer assessment, and establishment of reinforcers in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari, Ph.D., Executive Director - NSU Satellite

Dr. Carole Zangari serves as Executive Director of the NSU Satellite. She is a professor of speech-language pathology (SLP) at Nova Southeastern University. In addition to autism and other developmental disabilities, her areas of interest include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), assistive technology, and literacy. Dr. Zangari studied SLP at the University of Pittsburgh and the College of New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from Purdue University.

Roberto  Tuchman, M.D.

Roberto Tuchman, M.D., Consulting Medical Director

Dr. Roberto Tuchman is the Consulting Medical Director for UM-NSU CARD. He is also the Director of Neurology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Miami Children’s Health System. Dr. Tuchman is a child neurologist who has worked in South Florida for more than 25 years. His clinical work and research has been dedicated to helping families with autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, and other developmental disorders. Dr. Tuchman received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital, and his residency in Neurology and fellowship in Child Neurology at Albert Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

In Memoriam Robin  Parker, SLP.D., CCC

In Memoriam Robin Parker, SLP.D., CCC

Dr. Robin Parker served as the Project Director of CARD at Nova Southeastern University from 2001 until her passing in July of 2014. Dr. Parker was a Program Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders at NSU. She received her Bachelors and Master's degrees from Florida State University and earned her doctorate in Communication Disorders from NSU. She was and will always be a beloved member of our team and a treasure to the South Florida autism community.

our clinical team

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio, M.S., BCBA

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio, M.S., BCBA, Manager Autism Intervention Services M.S. in Psychology, California Southern University

Amy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBA

Amy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBA, Director, Social Services – ASAC
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Alexandra Cacciamani

Alexandra Cacciamani, B.S. Ed. Case Manager- Educational and Family Support Services B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Florida International University

Sara Dajer, M.S.Ed.

Sara Dajer, M.S.Ed., Manager, Educational and Family Support Services M.S. in Education, Carlos Albizu University

Ivan Deveaux, M.S.

Ivan Deveaux, M.S., Case Manager | Research & Behavioral Services Master of Science from the University of Miami Degree: Psychology Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis

  Blanca  Diaz, M.A.

Blanca Diaz, M.A., BCaBA Case Manager The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs

Jennifer Feinstein, MSW

Jennifer Feinstein, MSW, Case Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs Master of Social Work

Stephanie  Garcia-Delgado, M.S.

Stephanie Garcia-Delgado, M.S., Case Manager, Educational and Family Support Services
M.S. in Counseling, Nova Southeastern University

Silvia Gil, M.S.Ed.,

Silvia Gil, M.S.Ed.,, Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs M.S. in Special Education, Florida International University

Susan Lepri, M.S.

Susan Lepri, M.S., Clinical Support Administrator – NSU Satellite M.S. in Developmental Disabilities from Nova Southeastern University

Jacquelyn Moultrie-Sequeira, B.A.

Jacquelyn Moultrie-Sequeira, B.A., Clinical Support Administrator – NSU Satellite B.A. in Psychology, Florida International University

Meaghan Parlade, Ph.D.

Meaghan Parlade, Ph.D., Intervention Services Coordinator
Ph.D. in Clinical & Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Christina Rodriguez, M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Christina Rodriguez, M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Case Manager-Educational and Family Support Services Masters in Special Education, Florida International University

Nathalie Roman, B.A.

Nathalie Roman, B.A., Case Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs B.A. in Psychology, Florida International University

Catalina  Uribe,  B.S.

Catalina Uribe, B.S., Clinical Support Administrator - NSU Satellite Office B.S. in Criminal Justice, Florida State University

Lori Wise, M.S.

Lori Wise, M.S., Coordinator of Clinical & Educational Services – NSU Satellite M.S. in Reading, Florida International University

Our Research Team

Dahriana Correa, M.S.

Dahriana Correa, M.S., Research Coordinator Autism Centers of Excellence ACTION Network (NICHD) UM-NSU CARD B.A., Psychology, Queens College

Giancarla  David, M.S.

Giancarla David, M.S., Family Navigator, Autism Centers of Excellence ACTION Network (NICHD) Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) UM-NSU CARD - M.S., Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism

Nickelle  Decius, M.S.

Nickelle Decius, M.S., Family Navigator, Autism Centers of Excellence ACTION Network (NICHD) Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) UM-NSU CARD B.A. in Psychology, University of Miami

Lynette Herbert, B.A.

Lynette Herbert, B.A., Research Associate, Department of Psychology Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) UM-NSU CARD B.A. in Psychology, Florida International University

our special events team

Michelle Costa, M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Michelle Costa, M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Manager, Community Engagement and Special Events M.S. in Special Education, University of Miami.

Zenaida Fernandez, A.A.

Zenaida Fernandez, A.A., Events Assistant A.A. in Graphic Design, International Fine Arts College

Joseph Lillard

Joseph Lillard, Mobile Clinic Driver

Vivian Perez

Vivian Perez, Desktop Publisher

our administrative team

David Bennett

David Bennett, Office Assistant-Miami Lakes

Carolina Carrion

Carolina Carrion, Undergraduate Assistant – NSU Satellite

Nataly  Coronel

Nataly Coronel, Receptionist

Maria Lis De Gasperi, B.A.

Maria Lis De Gasperi, B.A., Sr. Administrative Assistant B.A. in International Relations, Boston University

Alec Delgado

Alec Delgado, Financial Assistant

Nicolas Fisher

Nicolas Fisher, Office Assistant – NSU Satellite

Michael Gavila

Michael Gavila, File Clerk

Maria Mora

Maria Mora, Financial Administrator

Sofia Munoz

Sofia Munoz, Receptionist - ASAC (Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic)

Carmen Ortega, B.A.

Carmen Ortega, B.A., Secretary B.A. in Psychology, University of Miami

Miguel Rios

Miguel Rios, Assistant to the Directors

Kent Schomber

Kent Schomber, Senior Mail Clerk

Thomas Whitehurst

Thomas Whitehurst, Office Assistant

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EVENTS

10.19.19
CARD Job Club (Miami-Dade)

A support group to help people who are looking for work or are employed. We will learn about job sea... More

10.19.19
Adult Support Group (Coral Gables)

A support group to help bring adults with autism together to interact, gain support from one another... More

10.22.19
Social GAAIN (Miami Lakes)

The format of these conversation-based social networking meetings may vary. This group is for regist... More


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