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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 has been a professor at UM for 20 years and 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., Clinical Director

Dr. Jennifer Durocher is the Clinical 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

Diane Adreon, Ed.D., Associate Director

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.

Anibal Gutierrez

Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director

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

Melissa Hale, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Director

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).

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.

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.

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 death 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

Carole Abbott

Carole Abbott, Ph.D., NCSP, Volunteer Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio, M.S., BCBA

Cecilia Alvarez-Tabio, M.S., BCBA, Manager Behavioral 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

Alexis Bitting, M.S.Ed.

Alexis Bitting, M.S.Ed., Case Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, University of Miami

Christy Carbonell, M.S., BCBA

Christy Carbonell, M.S., BCBA, Behavioral Consultant
M.S. in TESOL, Carlos Albizu University

Sandra Cardona, Psy.D

Sandra Cardona, Psy.D, Staff Psychologist Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University

Deborah Chin, M.A.

Deborah Chin, M.A., Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs M.A. in Liberal Studies, University of Miami

Sara Dajer

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

Ivan Deveaux, B.A.

Ivan Deveaux, B.A., Case Manager-Educational and Family Support Services B.A. in Psychology, University of South Florida

Lynette Estrada, Ed.D.

Lynette Estrada, Ed.D., Case Manager, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Walden University

Sara Ferguson, B.S.

Sara Ferguson, B.S., Clinical Support Administrator – NSU Satellite B.S. in Psychology, Florida State University

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. in Special Education

Silvia Gil, M.S. in Special Education, Case Manager-Educational and Family Support Services M.S. in Special Education, Florida International University

Mallory Kojkowski, Ed.D.

Mallory Kojkowski, Ed.D., Clinical Support Administrator – NSU Satellite Ed.D in Special Education, Nova Southeastern University

Susan Lepri, M.S.

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

Meaghan Parlade, Ph.D.

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

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

Lori Wise, M.S.

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

our special events team

Michelle Costa, M.S.Ed.

Michelle Costa, M.S.Ed., Manager of Special Events M.S. in Education, University of Miami & B.S. in Special Education, Nova Southeastern University

Janeé Brown, B.A.

Janeé Brown, B.A., Special Events Assistant B.A. - Florida International University

our administrative team

Carolina Carrion

Carolina Carrion, Undergraduate Assistant – NSU Satellite

Colleen Dalrymple, B.S.

Colleen Dalrymple, B.S., Graduate Assistant – NSU Satellite B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University

Maria Lis De Gasperi, B.A.

Maria Lis De Gasperi, B.A., Office Manager
B.A. in International Relations, Boston University

Nicolas Fisher

Nicolas Fisher, Office Assistant – NSU Satellite

Michael Gavila

Michael Gavila, File Clerk

Lazaro Molerio

Lazaro Molerio, Volunteer

Maria Mora

Maria Mora, Financial Administrator

Freddy Norori, M.A.

Freddy Norori, M.A., Receptionist
M.A. in Liberal Studies, University of Miami

Vanessa Romano, B.A.

Vanessa Romano, B.A., Graduate Assistant – NSU Satellite B.A. in Elementary Education, Florida Atlantic University

Kent Schomber

Kent Schomber, Senior Mail Clerk

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez, Assistant to the Executive Director

Thomas Whitehurst

Thomas Whitehurst, Office Assistant

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