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The staff of the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism

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Donald N. Cardinal, Ph.D.
Director
Dr. Donald N. Cardinal is Professor of Education in the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, Orange, CA, where he has worked since 1987. Previously, Dr. Cardinal served as dean of the CES from 2002-2015. Don currently oversees several programs in autism and disability including the Center for Research on Ability and Disability, Families and Schools Together, the Chapman Ability Program, and the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. As well, Don serves as chairperson of the advisory board for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, part of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, CA. Before entering academia, pursuing the goal of a more inclusive society, Don worked alongside the most marginalized student populations in our society, frequently holding the labels of severe emotional disturbance, severe and profound mental retardation, autism, and severe behavior disorders. Above all, Don holds in highest regard the complex and interchanging relationship between student and teacher, centered on the presumption of competence. Don has authored and co-authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters in a variety of areas including evaluation, measurement of quality, teaching methods in special education and collaboration.
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Audri M. Gomez, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Audri M. Gomez, Ph.D., is the Associate Director at the Thompson Policy Institute. Dr. Gomez obtained her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies at Chapman University. Previous to her current assignment, Dr. Gomez was a special education teacher for 8 years before becoming a Special Education Coordinator. Dr. Gomez’ recently published a co-authored book chapter in a Peter Lang series titled, Enacting change from within: Disability Studies meets teaching and teacher education, as well as a study in the Disability Studies Quarterly titled, The impact of disability studies curriculum on education professionals’ perspectives and practice: Implications for education, social justice, and social change. Dr. Gomez has presented at numerous annual conferences including AERA, TASH, Cal-Tash, CCTE, RECE, and NAEYC where her presentations have focused on her research interests that have included inclusive practices, social model of disability, teacher preparation, and school culture.
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Margie McCoy
Operations Coordinator
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Margie McCoy's career has centered on making things happen in an effective and highly organized manner. Coordinating large special events, managing projects and being part of effective working teams have been the hallmark of her career. Ms. McCoy's recent position has been as assistant to the dean in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University for the past 14 years.
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Lisa Boskovich, MA, SPED
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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John Brady, Ph.D.
Emeritus Faculty
Attallah College of Educational Studies
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Shayne Brophy
Ph.D. Research Assistant
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Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
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Jeanne Ann Carriere, Ph.D.
Director, Educational Assessment Team
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Julie McBride, MAE
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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Lauren Gomez
Graduate Assistant
Orange County Transition Initiative (OCTI)
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Amy-Jane Griffiths, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
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Jennifer James, MA
Ph.D. Research Assistant
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Sneha Mathur, MA
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
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Aja McKee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
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Linda O'Neal, M.A.
Transition Consultant
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Cristina Roberto
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Trisha Sugita, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Special Education
Attallah College of Educational Studies
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Anne Steketee
Ph.D. Research Assistant
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Tien Tran
Graduate Assistant
FAST Program, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Julia M. White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Teaching and Leadership, School of Education
Syracuse University

Special Project Support

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Michelle Leslie
Social Media and Communications Manager
Chapman University
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Carlos Lopez, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
Institutional Research
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Courtney Lutkus
Assistant Director, Institutional Support
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Carl Minor
Communications Coordinator, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Chapman University
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Thomas Nguyen, BS '19
Student Assistant
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Marisol Arredondo Samson, Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Research
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Madison Tomihiro, BS '20
Student Assistant
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Jaclyn Witt
Project Manager