ASD Faculty

Classes are taught by a team of experts and professionals working in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and include:

Elsa Abele, CCC, SLP is a speech language pathologist with special interest in Pragmatic Language Disorders, particularly as they affect social interaction. She has recently retired her academic appointment at Boston University ; Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Department of Communications Disorders. She has co-led groups for young adults with Dr. Barbara Rosenn, Clinical Psychologist, Wellesley, as well. She consults and lectures nationally.

Cathy Apfel, MEd, has spent the last 36 years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in the field of special education. She currently works for the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire providing training and technical assistance to schools to enhance their ability to provide successful experiences for children with disabilities. Specific areas of expertise include Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and strategies for supporting children with social,emotional and behavioral challenges.

Ellen Korin, MEd, Special education teacher for thirty-eight years; maintains a private consulting and coaching practice; provides professional development for schools, clinicians, parents and the AS community; author of Asperger Syndrome an Owners Manual: What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know.

John Moran, EdD, BCBA, is in private practice as an educational consultant with twenty years experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. He provides consultation services to families, school districts and developmental disabilities agencies throughout New England. John holds a Masters in Special Education from Johnson State and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Michaelene Pepera Cronin, JD, is a student advisor and associate professor at Landmark College. She is a former program director for the MEd Program in Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools at Lesley University and parent of a teenager with Asperger Syndrome

Kathryn S. Ransom, MA, is the lead teacher and founder of the Nashua school district program which is designed to help students access structure and support more typical in a private school setting while accessing the social and educational opportunities of the public. Her background includes applied behavioral analysis, developmental psychology, and differential instruction for children with learning needs.

Shelley Viles, MS, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training at Antioch University New England. She directs both the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program and the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program. She is the 2009 winner of the Doug Flutie Jr. Award for dedication and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and for her extensive volunteer work serving with advocacy and developmental service organizations. She specializes and teaches in the area of advocacy and is the parent of an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Larry Welkowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Keene State College and the co- producer of the video Understanding Asperger’s and co-founder of the Keene State College Asperger’s Resource Center. He is the co-author of two books: The Hidden Face of Shyness (Avon Books) and, with Dr. Linda Baker, Asperger’s Syndrome: Intervening in Schools, Clinics and Communities.

Cassie Yackley, Psy.D. has been engaged in clinical practice for 16 years, involving work in a variety of settings including residential treatment facilities, schools, group private practice, and community mental health. The majority of her clinical work has been with children and families, with an emphasis on treatment of those on the autism spectrum. Dr. Yackley is currently the Director of Training for the APA-accredited internship program in doctoral psychology and a practicing psychologist on the Children’s Intervention Program (ChIP) at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, NH. Dr. Yackley has provided training on ASDs to clinicians and educators, as well as offering specialized training for doctoral students from across the nation through the internship program.