Faculty & Staff


Administration

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD
Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD portrait Executive Director
Director, NJLEND
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

732-235-9326

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Colleen McLaughlin, MEd
Colleen McLaughlin picture Associate Director
732-235-9313

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Nick Nucci, BS
Nick Nucci picture Assistant Director for Administration
732-235-9304

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Faculty

Caroline N. Coffield, PhD
Director of Pre-service Training
Training Director, NJLEND
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

732-235-9329

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Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT
Margaret Gilbride picture Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

732-235-2109

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Manuel Jimenez, MD, MS, FAAP
Manuel Jimenez portrait Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Education
NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Family Medicine and Community Health

732-235-2059

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Sharon Lohrmann, PhD
Sharon Lohrmann picture Director, NJ Positive Behavior Support in Schools
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

732-507-8804

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Philip Smith, PhD
Philip Smith picture Positive Behavior Support
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

732-235-9328

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Program Staff

Valentina Arango-Correa, MEd
Valentina Arango-Correa Training & Consultation Specialist

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Ziba Arjmand, BS
Ziba Arjmand portrait Data & Technology Coordinator
732-235-9315

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Robyn Carroll, MSW
Robyn Carroll Portrait Communications Manager
732-235-9310

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Bethany L. Chase, MSW, LSW, CESP
Bethany Chase portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9316

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Melissa Cheplic, MPH, NADD-DDS
Melissa Cheplic portrait Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9715

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Lisa Corliss, MA
Lisa Corliss profile Training & Consultation Specialist
732-507-8485

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Sean Cuddihy, BA
Sean Cuddihy Portrait Multimedia Specialist
732-235-2152

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Beth Custer, PhD
Beth Custer portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-401-7317

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Tara Dumas, MS
Alyson Duncanson Training & Consultation Specialist

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Alyson Duncanson, BA
Alyson Duncanson Training & Consultation Specialist

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Susan Ellien, MSW
Susan Ellien portrait Knowledge Translation & Grant Development Specialist
732-235-9320

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Jillian E. Guzik, BA
Jillian Guzik portrait NJLEND Program & Data Coordinator
732-235-9303

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Joyce Jelley, BA
Joyce Jelley portrait Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9311

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Rob Kimmel, MAT, BCBA, CESP
Robert Kimmel portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-8227

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Ashlé Laidlaw, MHA
Ashle Laidlaw portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9321

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Kenny Lewis, BA
Kenny Lewis portrait Budget Analyst I
732-235-9317

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Deborah Mahovetz
Deborah Mahovetz portrait Conference & Management Assistant
732-235-9543

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Scott McMahon, MSW
Scott McMahon portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-749-2075

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Somerlee McMahon, MS
Somerlee Monaghan portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-773-7400

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Michelle Mead, MA
Michelle Mead portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-894-6057

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Stephanie Michael, BA, IMH-E
Stephanie Michael portrait PBSIS Data & Program Coordinator
732-235-6170

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Jocelyn Muse-Taylor, MEd
Jocelyn Muse-Taylor portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-434-8118

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Karen Paulvin, MS, Prof. Dipl.
Karen Paulvin portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-783-8921

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Nikkilee Pedersen, MA
Nikkilee Pedersen portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-507-2922

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Renee Rodkey, BS
Renee Rodkey portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-6844

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Jessica Short, BA, CESP
Jessica Short portrait Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9318

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Michael Steinbruck, MA
Michael Steinbruck portrait Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
732-456-9880

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Gizem Tanol, PhD
Gizem Tanol portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-667-0240

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Nicole L. Warren, LSW, MEd
Nicole L Warren portrait Program Development Specialist
732-235-9301

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Jaime Zahid, BA
Jaime Zahid portrait Training & Consultation Specialist
732-235-9613

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Project Support Team

Melinda Darby
Melinda Darby portrait Project Support Staff
732-235-9314

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Robin Dupiche, BA
Robin Dupiche, BA portrait Assistant to the Executive Director
732-235-9326

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Kellyann Giudice
Kellyann Giudice portrait Project Support Staff
732-235-9307

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Ann Marie McVay
Ann Marie McVay portrait Project Support Staff
732-235-9324

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Lisa Thomas, MEd
Lisa Thomas, MEd portrait Project Support Staff
732-235-9325

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Kim Tomlin
Kim Tomlin Receptionist
732-235-9300

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Affiliated Faculty and Program Associates

Vanessa Bal, PhD, MSc NJLEND Collaborating Faculty, Psychology
Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism
Associate Professor
Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

848-445-2300
Anna Malia Beckwith, MD NJLEND Collaborating Faculty, Medicine
Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and
Director of the DBP Fellowship, CSH

Patricia Findley, DrPH, MSW NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
MSW Director
Rutgers School of Social Work

848-932-5365
Jill Harris, PhD NJLEND Coordinator, Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH)
Director of Research Development, CSH

908-301-2525
Jessica Rispoli Joines, MGC, CGC NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Genetic Counseling
Director, Genetics Counseling Master’s Program
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences

848-445-9637
Emma Kaplan Host Family Coordinator
Seminar on Family Centered Care
and Developmental Disabilities

Amy Kratchman, BA Family Discipline Coordinator, NJLEND
Family Educator, Seminar on Family Centered Care
and Developmental Disabilities

Maria Leary, BA NJLEND Alumni Coordinator
Bob LaRue, PhD, BCBA-D NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Psychology
Clinical Professor
Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Director of Behavioral and Research Services,
Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

848-932-4500
Sallie Porter, DNP, PhD NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Nursing
Associate Professor
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice
Rutgers School of Nursing

732-606-3918
Christine Seymour, MS, CGC NJLEND Collaborating Faculty, Genetic Counseling
Assistant Director, Genetic Counseling Master’s Program
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences

Evan Spivack, DDS NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Dentistry
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Director, Special Care Treatment Center

973-972-7040
William Waldman, CSWM NJLEND Collaborating Faculty, Leadership
Professor of Professional Practice Emeritus,
Rutgers School of Social Work
Jane Ziegler, DCN, RD, LDN NJLEND Discipline Coordinator, Nutrition
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP)
Program Director, Rutgers SHP Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program

973-972-9487