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Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Hunter College

Information, Inspiration, and Best Practice


Dr. John L. Brown, PhD., Director

John Brown is the Director of Training and Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College/CUNY. Dr. Brown completed his doctoral studies in the Learning Processes program at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has completed a doctoral fellowship in autism intervention at the Princeton Child Development Institute and developmental disabilities at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. His research interests include the development of interventions to address communication deficits experienced by individuals with autism. In addition, he has conducted research on interventions used to reduce problem behavior among individuals with autism. His current research program is designed to evaluate the language content developed during script-fading interventions. 


Elyse Braun, M.A., Coordinator

Elyse Braun’s background includes over 30 years of professional and personal experience in the areas of developmental disabilities, autism, learning disabilities and mental health.   She earned her B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook and an M.A. in Counseling at ASU.  Additionally Ms. Braun has completed graduate work in Public Health, Special Education and a federal pilot project in Special Education Advocacy.  Formerly an Education Advocate in Westchester as well as a Special Education Health Education Teacher in Dist 75, Ms. Braun also served as a Chapter Leader for the UFT.  Ms. Braun developed a leisure/independent living program (Coffeehouse) for young adults with developmental and learning disabilities; supervised several ICF and CR apartments and trained NYC teachers and administrators in Family Life Education Curriculum.  Ms. Braun is the parent of three terrific young adults, with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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