November 14, 2023
Ira L. Cohen, PhD, specializes in autism and behavioral assessment. He received his PhD in psychobiology from Rutgers University in 1974 under the supervision of Dr. Michael R. D’Amato. He was an NIH post-doctoral fellow in experimental psychopathology and behavior therapy at NYU Medical Center from 1975-1977. He was then employed as a research psychologist at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Magda Campbell, where he worked with children with autism from 1977-1980. There, he developed objective rating scales, a carpet-based activity monitor, and developed operant conditioning procedures for quantifying behaviors in the children. He joined the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities in 1981 as part of the Autism Demonstration Project under the supervision of Dr. Erwin Friedman. There he served as a research scientist, and later, as head of the Division of Behavioral Assessment and Research, and chair of the Department of Psychology. He is currently the Visiting Research Scientist at the Institute.
David Fuscus is a media relations expert who is the spokesperson for the National Coalition for Access to Autism Services. He is the CEO of Xenophon Strategies, Inc.
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