We are proudly collaborating with the following organizations:

Clinical Collaborators and Consultants:

The MLAT lab is fortunate to benefit from the clinical expertise of our collaborators and colleagues:

Dr. Dennis Dixon


Dr. Dennis Dixon received his PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University with a focus in developmental disabilities. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he specialized in the treatment of severe challenging behaviors. Dr. Dixon is currently the director of analytics at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders as well as an affiliate professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Dixon serves on the editorial board of the journals Research in Developmental Disorders and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has over 30 publications, which include articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in scientific texts. Dr. Dixon’s primary research interests include analysis of autism treatment and response predictors, development and evaluation of psychometric assessments, drug-behavior interaction in the treatment of challenging behaviors, and psychopathology in children with developmental disabilities.


Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh


Dr. Granpeesheh is a world-renowned clinical psychologist and expert in the field of autism research and therapy, dedicating over thirty years to helping individuals with autism lead healthy, productive lives. She has worked with a wide range of patients with diagnoses across the autism spectrum. Dr. Granpeesheh received her PhD in psychology from UCLA, and is currently licensed by the medical boards of California, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona. Dr. Granpeesheh is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. She is the founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the world’s largest and most experienced organization effectively treating children with autism. Dr. Granpeesheh is the 2011 recipient of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists’ prestigious Winokur Award, as well as the 2007 recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Wendy F. Miller Professional of the Year Award. Dr. Granpeesheh has authored over 20 publications, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters in scientific texts. Dr. Granpeesheh has presented at various national and international conferences.


Alva Powell


Alva Powell currently serves as chief technology officer at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc. CARD was founded in 1990 by Dr. Granpeesheh to treat individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Today, CARD is one of the world’s largest providers of top-quality autism treatment with 37 locations throughout the United States and multiple affiliate locations internationally. In his role at CARD, Alva oversees operation of all CARD technology, including assessment, data collection, and treatment-tracking systems. Alva uses advances in technology to increase effectiveness and accessibility of evidence-based autism treatment by optimizing scheduling, automating data collection, enhancing treatment plan development, and facilitating remote supervision.
Prior to working at CARD, Alva maintained a diverse back ground in cutting edge technology. Pioneering work with GPS mapping software, software simulations of power systems for the International Space Station, and early development of large scale entertainment websites comprise only some of his fields of experience. Alva received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Michigan Technology University and has worked with developing technologies for over 30 years.


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Marlena Novack is a Project Manager at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She received her bachelor¹s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Marlena has contributed to a number of CARD research publications, and has experience managing large data acquisition projects.


Esther Hong
Esther is an assistant analyst and senior behavioral therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. As an assistant analyst, she contributes to research publications and is currently an investigator of an ongoing research study. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology from USC. She is interested in all areas of autism research and plans to attend a clinical psychology program in the near future.

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