IL LEND Core Team

Kruti Acharya, MD Program Director

Kruti Acharya, MD
Program Director

Mark Dixon, PhD Associate Director

Mark Dixon, PhD
Associate Director

Ann Cutler, MD Clinical Training Director

Ann Cutler, MD
Clinical Training Director

Sarah Sobotka, MD Associate Director

Sarah Sobotka, MD
Associate Director

Regina Meza, MPH Project Coordinator

Regina Meza, MPH
Project Coordinator

Meghan Burke, PhD Central IL Director

Meghan Burke, PhD
Central IL Director

Discipline Coordinators

Discipline Coordinators focus on recruitment and provide application assistance

Mark Dixon, PhD Applied Behavior Analysis

Mark Dixon, PhD
Applied Behavior Analysis

Sarah Parker Harris, PhD Disability Studies

Sarah Parker Harris, PhD
Disability Studies

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L Occupational Therapy

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Diane Misch, MD Psychiatry

Diane Misch, MD
Psychiatry

Lisa Cushing, PhD Special Education

Lisa Cushing, PhD
Special Education

Matie Ovalle Family
Michael Msall, MD Pediatrics
Karen Tessler, PhD, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathology

Karen Tessler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology

Michelle Bulanda Physical Therapy

Michelle Bulanda
Physical Therapy

Tia Nelis Self-Advocacy

Tia Nelis
Self-Advocacy

Training Coordinators

Training Coordinators provide ongoing mentoring and assistance to trainees during the program

Mark Dixon, PhD Applied Behavior Analysis

Mark Dixon, PhD
Applied Behavior Analysis

Latha Soorya, PhD Psychology
Brian Grossman, PhD Disability Studies

Brian Grossman, PhD
Disability Studies

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L Occupational Therapy

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Diane Misch, MD Psychiatry

Diane Misch, MD
Psychiatry

Meghan Burke, PhD Special Education

Meghan Burke, PhD
Special Education

Sarah Sobotka, MD Pediatrics
Kiyoshi Yamaki, PhD Public Health

Kiyoshi Yamaki, PhD
Public Health

Sara Shields-Cole, SLP Speech-Language Pathology

Sara Shields-Cole, SLP
Speech-Language Pathology

Michelle Bulanda Physical Therapy

Michelle Bulanda
Physical Therapy

Jae Jin Pak Self-Advocacy

Jae Jin Pak
Self-Advocacy

Consultants

Consultants provide their expertise on special topics

Ann Cutler, MD ACT Early
Kristina Risely, PhD Leadership Development

Kristina Risely, PhD
Leadership Development

Michelle Bulanda Early Intervention

Michelle Bulanda
Early Intervention

Tamar Heller, PhD Lifecourse
Fabricio Balcazar, PhD Cultural Competency

Fabricio Balcazar, PhD
Cultural Competency

Brian Grossman, PhD Policy & Research Mentor

Brian Grossman, PhD
Policy & Research Mentor

Patricia Politano, PhD, CCC-SLP Assistive Technology
Susan Kahan, LCPC Family Clinic Liaison

Susan Kahan, LCPC
Family Clinic Liaison