Brief Biography

Dr. Eric Mitchell active in private practice and with the Ruttenberg Autism Center, and is the Director of Autism and Diagnostic for Foundations Behavioral Health. He is also the author of “Putting It Together: The Autism and Asperger’s Handbook.” After graduating from the University of Vermont, he moved on to Rutgers University for his masters degree, and then to the University of Pennsylvania for his doctoral studies. He accepted a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in ASD and related disorders with emphasis on cutting edge ABA interventions with eclectic service delivery. Dr. Mitchell has many years of experience as an educator, evaluator, licensed psychologist, school psychologist, program developer, advocate, researcher, and administrator. With a focus on ASD, Dr. Mitchell has been a Holroyd Lecturer for La Salle University, and a keynote and Rovinsky Lecturer for PCOM. He has been very active in providing guidance and workshops at regional conferences, universities, and various agencies specializing with autism. He continues to build collaborative partnerships between families, schools, universities, mental health agencies, professionals, self-advocates, and others in the ASD community.

Dr. Christina M. Villani is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA where she received specialized training with adolescents and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Villani completed a Posdoctoral Fellowship at Foundations Behavioral Health In Doylestown, PA, where she provided services to adolescents receiving residential treatment and their families. She excels in working with family systems in relation to educational and vocational systems toward successful transitions into adulthood for those diagnosed with ASD. Presently, Dr. Villani is the Residential Clinical Manager at Foundations Behavioral Health, where she is committed to enhancing clinical services and program features.

As a family member in the autism community as well as a respected psychiatrist, Dr. Judith Outten exemplifies multiple perspectives and insights. She received her medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine, completed her residency and the University of New Mexico, and fellowship at SUNY, Buffalo. Prior to joining the Center for Autism, Dr. Outten worked at Abington Memorial Hospital as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adult Psychiatrist, as well as Foundations Behavioral Health.

Also a proud father, and husband of Dr. Judith Outten, Dr. Craig Outten is a research development scientist with Denton Vacuum, a company that designs and manufactures advanced vacuum deposition equipment. Dr. Outten has developed technology used in the semiconductor, display, medical, and renewable energy industries. He earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, and has previously worked with Intel, General Plasma, Advanced Refractory Technologies, and Southwall Technologies. Also, Dr. Outten proudly served his country as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He is excited to share not only his observations as an engineer, but as a father in the autism community.

Workshop Description

Today’s generation of autistic people at the precipice of transitioning into adulthood face great opportunity as well as great struggles ahead of them. This workshop will present grassroots personal and professional efforts to develop responsive educational, vocational, and social programs that lead to quality transitions to college, work opportunities, entrepreneurship possibilities, and daily living/relationship success. Neurodiverse, strengths-based orientations with be discussed with respect to developing identities from personal, familial, cultural, and community perspectives. Professional and parent panel members will join Dr. Mitchell from Foundations Behavioral Health, The Center for Autism, and Ruttenberg Autism Center.

Location

Olney Hall 109

Start Date

6-5-2016 11:00 AM

End Date

6-5-2016 12:15 PM

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May 6th, 11:00 AM May 6th, 12:15 PM

ASD and the Future: “The Times They Are A Changin’”

Olney Hall 109

Today’s generation of autistic people at the precipice of transitioning into adulthood face great opportunity as well as great struggles ahead of them. This workshop will present grassroots personal and professional efforts to develop responsive educational, vocational, and social programs that lead to quality transitions to college, work opportunities, entrepreneurship possibilities, and daily living/relationship success. Neurodiverse, strengths-based orientations with be discussed with respect to developing identities from personal, familial, cultural, and community perspectives. Professional and parent panel members will join Dr. Mitchell from Foundations Behavioral Health, The Center for Autism, and Ruttenberg Autism Center.