About the Team
The Oklahoma Autism Center (OAC) is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of professionals including special and general educators, speech/language pathologist, school psychologist, occupational therapist, family support coordinator, board certified behavior analyst and research personnel. In addition, the Oklahoma Autism Center team has access to a broader professional staff at the Child Study Center (CSC) for consultation and collaboration. These professionals include developmental and behavioral pediatricians (the only board certified DBPs in the state practice at CSC), clinical child psychologists and other health professionals.
Bonnie McBride, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked for over 25 years in the field of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities as a certified teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and researcher. Dr. McBride’s work has focused primarily on early treatment of ASD, program development and effective implementation of evidence-based practices. She works collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the Learn the Signs, Act Early initiative as the Oklahoma Ambassador and State Team Chair. She has numerous publications that appear in peer reviewed journals as well as serving on the editorial board of national journals. She is also co-investigator on multiple nationally funded research grants.
Dianne Mathis, MEd, NCSP, a nationally certified school psychologist, has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of school psychology and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. She has extensive experience in planning and implementing professional development activities for school personnel and other professionals at the state and local level. Ms. Mathis has held numerous leadership positions at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, including director of a Regional Education Service Centers and was the developer of School Support Services, one of Oklahoma’s longest standing projects for assisting public schools address the needs of children with autism. Ms. Mathis has a long and distinguished record of collaboration to develop, implement and sustain successful programs and projects.
Liz Moore, MEd is the project coordinator of the Early Foundations Model Site. She has over 12 years teaching including public school experience teaching early childhood special education. Ms Moore is certified in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and School Administration. In her role as coordinator she provides oversight of the day to day operations, including program and curriculum development. Ms. Moore has extensive experience and training in autism spectrum disorders and inclusive educational practices. She provides on-going training and technical assistance to the staff as well as public school and early intervention professionals.
Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L, a licensed occupational therapist, has over 15 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Warwick’s areas of expertise, related to ASD, include implementing positive behavior supports to reduce challenging behavior; creating programs to teach functional daily living skills; implementing feeding programs for children who are problem eaters; and engineering environmental arrangements to support enriched learning environments. Ms. Warwick currently works with individuals with ASD in the public schools, home settings and clinical settings. She has served as a member on an interdisciplinary ASD assessment team and has trained other teams in the process.
Kelli Marshall, MS, CCC-SLP a licensed speech-language pathologist, has over 10 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Marshall’s areas of expertise, related to ASD, include developing and expanding functional communication systems and social skills instruction. She has extensive knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication devices. In addition, Ms. Marshall has expertise in addressing the social deficits related to ASD particularly as it pertains to children with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. She has served as a member of an interdisciplinary ASD assessment team and has trained others in the team process.
Jeanne Buchanan, BA, is a family support coordinator and co-coordinator of the Early Access Project. She has personal experience raising a child with autism and serves to assure that the family perspective and culture are considered and integrated into all services provided. Ms Buchanan helps promote family/school partnerships and has expertise in local autism resources, and making referrals for both families and school and early intervention professionals.
Seth Kastner, BS, serves as co-coordinator of the Early Access project and also serves as technology support specialist for the OAC. His work includes data collection, assessment and program support and evaluation. Mr. Kastner is trained to administer a variety of evidence-based screening and assessment instruments and conducts screening implementation training. Additionally, he assists in writing grants, proposals and reports and provides a technical assistance for various projects, including technology support and multimedia.
Kendra Murrill, B.S., is a research technician. She worked with children with autism in the classroom before joining the research team. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Ms. Murrill conducts assessments for participants involved in research projects and assists the principal investigator in coordinating research activities.