ASAT Staff & Advisory Board

All staff for the ASAT program are credentialed and experienced professionals who have received extensive training in the complexities of Asperger Syndrome including:

  • an ASAT director, who is also a certified speech and language pathologist;
  • a speech and language pathologist;
  • certified special education teachers;
  • program staff who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in various fields; and
  • a consultative cognitive behavioral therapist (advises staff).

This is a 24/7 program with overnight staff.

An Advisory Board consisting of internationally recognized experts in the field of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome have approved the curriculum and meet periodically to review client progress, intake procedures and any revisions to the curriculum.

Chapel Haven, a private nonprofit agency founded in 1972, dedicated to helping adults with special challenges live independent and productive lives, is proud to offer an Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition Program. This program, designed to be a transition to independent adult life for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, will address the specific needs of this currently underserved population.


ASAT Staff

Ginny Hodge is the Vice President of Autism Spectrum Programming at Chapel Haven. She provides oversight for autism-related programming ... Read More

Shannon has worked in the ASAT program since it started in 2006. Shannon has served as a program instructor, an advisor and ... Read More

Jessica is a certified special education teacher, who joined the Chapel Haven team in 2006. She has worked as a teacher in the REACH program ... Read More >

Gina Apicella is the Supervisor of ASAT Community Outreach Services. She began at Chapel Haven as a Student Advisor for the ASAT program ... Read More >

ASAT Advisory Board

Fred Volkmar, MD

Irving B. Harris Professor - Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine - Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Editor, Encyclopedia of Autism

Michelle Winner, PhD

Speech-language pathologist - Founder, Social Thinking Clinic

Ruth B. Eren, EdD

Director, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University - Professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) - Area head for the MS program in teacher preparation for teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University

Brenda Smith Myles, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger Syndrome and autism.

James Loomis, PhD

Child and family psychologist and the Director of Adult Services at Center for Children with Special Needs, Glastonbury, CT

Ami Klin, PhD

Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor & Chief, Division of Autism & Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Anne Holmes, MS, CCC

Vice President of the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorders Consulting Services KDH Enterprises, LLC

Temple Grandin, PhD

Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Internationally renowned author and speaker on autism

Lois Rosenwald

Executive Director, Autism Services and Resources, Connecticut

Peter Gerhardt, PhD

Executive Director of The EPIC School in Paramus, NJ - Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research

Pamela Owen Brucker, EdD

Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

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